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  • Social and political consequences online. I study how these technologies shape our social behaviors, and how they impact democracykinds of possibilities and challenges that the new information environment (comprised of blogs, local news aggregators, social media) affords -social media,citizen media, mostly blogs, microblogs and news aggregator siteswhat the research reveals about the impact of these new technologies on journalism, citizenship and democracyTitle hint to my conclusion
  • Autobiographical, about what is on the blogger’s mind, some times it is politics or public matter, sometimes personal, USUALLY it is a mix of both – publicly private and privately public nature of social mediaNot all blogs are equal – some blogs dominate the political conversationNot available or restrictedIran, Howard Dean, jesseventura, etc, getting political underdogs access to the mainstreamWhat they do best is they allow people to express themselves and connect with othersDo not grant everyone the same advantage
  • Specifically-political act, enable disagreement, allows them to upset hierarchy-make the news environmnet and political environment more porous-free from confines of institutions
  • -outlet for content that could be potentially subversive subversive content requires de-institutionalized spaces, and that is what youtube affords.Opportunity for satire in a political system, and satire is important for democracies
  • To say that blogging is journalism grossly underestimates blogging. To say that journalism can be replaced by blogging reveals a misunderstanding of journalists’ civic responseibilities – in contemporrary democracies, journalists connect citizens to the politIt may become news. It is not journalismCitizen media, mainstream media, and activism/mobilization
  • Introduce information to the network that would otherwise not be thereOrganically formed
  • Coveringthe city

    1. 1. Covering The Unknown City<br />Zizi Papacharissi, PhDProfessor and Head, Communication<br />University of Illinois at Chicago<br />GREAT CITIES INSTITUTE – UIC<br />Covering the City: Urban Reporting and Researching in the New Information Environment<br />
    2. 2. Contemporary democracies and the new information environment<br />Nostalgia for past forms of civic engagement<br />Limitations to civic involvement presented by the representative democracy model<br />Aggregation of public opinion<br />Declining civic participation through formal channels of political involvement<br />A cynical public<br />
    3. 3. What research shows<br />Most blogs self referential<br />A-list blogs dominate media agenda<br />Blogs, twitter, news aggregators most valuable when mainstream sources of news fail<br />Expression and connection<br />Pluralize, but do not inherently democratize<br />
    4. 4. What citizen media do<br />Blogs and microblogs<br />Enable dissent<br />Pluralize the media and political agenda<br />Deinstitutionalize public opinion<br />Direct democracy<br />expression and connection<br />
    5. 5. What citizen media do<br />YouTube<br />Subversion<br />Satire<br />Direct democracy <br />
    6. 6. What citizen media do<br />News Aggregators<br />Passive habit of reading gains political weight<br />Reading (returns) as a political act<br />Engage the wisdom of collaborative hive mind<br />Effect interconnected <br />
    7. 7. What citizen media do not do<br />Journalism<br /> and blogging are complements, not substitutes<br />Invent Democracy<br />they pluralize, but do not democratize<br />Fix problems<br /> expose inequalities <br />
    8. 8. What can citizen media do in the city<br />Tell the stories that are not told elsewhere<br />Connect communities (but not create them)<br />Promote expression and alternative points of view<br />
    9. 9. Thank you!<br /><br />