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political communication in cmc
political communication in cmc
political communication in cmc
political communication in cmc
political communication in cmc
political communication in cmc
political communication in cmc
political communication in cmc
political communication in cmc
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  • 1. Chalvatzis Anastasios Communication Technologies for Social Spaces 2009-2010
  • 2. The use of Communication Technology for Political Communication Topic :
  • 3. What is CMC?
    • Computer-mediated communication (CMC) is a communicative transaction between at least two computers. Some examples of CMC are chatrooms, email, forums, instant messangers.
  • 4. The political power of online communication
    • Internet increment has helped dramatically people to communicate to each other even if they live in places managed by repressive Governments or ruled by politically charged situations. People can still be in touch through CMC and easily express their thoughts and views. It allows people to avoid difficult situations and various obstacles by saying their opinion through the internet.
  • 5. The political power of online communication
    • CMC is both politicized and politicizing:
    • Politicized CMC: Governments use the internet to promote their ideas and ideologies.
    • Politicizing CMC: People and non governmental Organizations can also express their views, including social, cultural and political ideologies.
    • This situation allows people to have many points of view in order to have more realistic thoughts.
  • 6. Participation and resistance
    • E-Democracy: Governments, media, political Organizations and citizens, use the internet to organize debates about the processes and practices of governance. People are able to find websites that encourage them to become more actively involved to national politics.
  • 7. Participation and resistance
    • Cyberactivism: Groups of people, named Cyberactivists, use CMC to promote human rights, animal rights and environmental issues, among other topics. They achieve this by using emails, newsgroups, IRC and many other ways of passing information.
  • 8. Participation and resistance
    • Online communication can help people to increase their political awareness and promotes a more open and peaceful dialog between people. Even disempowered people that belong to disempowered places can now be heard through numerous e-democracy websites.
  • 9. Conclutions
    • CMC has allowed people to communicate through internet and this helped them to easily and with the sense of freedom, express their opinion.
    • Online communities were developed in order to promote political ideas and views.
    • Governments are also using CMC to interact with people and to promote their ideas and ideologies.
  • 10. References
    • Dahlgren, Peter (2005) The Internet, Public Spheres, and Political Communication: Dispersion and Deliberation . Available at <,%20public%20spheres,%20political%20communication.pdf >
    • McCaugrey,Martha et al (2003) Cyberactivism: Online activism in theory and practice. Available at < >
    • Leu, Donald J. et al (2004) Toward a Theory of New Literacies Emerging From the Internet and Other Information and Communication Technologies . Available at < >
  • 11. References
    • Tsagarousianou, Roza et al (1998) Cyberdemocracy: Technology, cities and civic networks. Available at <,+Democracy+and+the+Internet&ots=YJCKEPU1R2&sig=iKPhbbTDyKW3bDffZjtm80CkAd0#v=onepage&q=&f=false >
    • Hacker, Kenneth (2004) The potential of computer-mediated communication for political structuration. Available at < http :// >
    • The internet and political communication (2006). Available at < >
  • 12. References
    • Suk-Kyoung et al (2007) CMPC (Computer Mediated Political Communication) And Its Impact On The Political Process In Korea . Available at < >
    • Parry, Keith (2004) e-Democracy. Available at < >
    • Global digital divide 'narrowing' (2005) Available at < >
    • e-democracy conference EDem (2008) Available at < >
    • Crispin Thurlow et al. Computer mediated communication : social interaction and the internet