The internet, the media and the future of democracy

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  • The internet, the media and the future of democracy

    1. 1. The Internet, the Media and the Future of DemocracySitra JEF-Europe seminar “Fixing a hole –Closing a Gap in Democracy”, 22nd October 2011 Taneli Heikka
    2. 2. The power of setting a political agendahas shifted from the mainstream media &old political parties to digitally organized and driven ad-hoc movements.
    3. 3. • Three ways in which digital grassroots movements bybass the mainstream media and political parties as agenda setters
    4. 4. 1. Changing therhetorical culture
    5. 5. First come the bloggers…
    6. 6. …then the little boys…
    7. 7. …and the big girls in mainstream media…
    8. 8. and finally, come the election results.
    9. 9. 2. Affecting theambience echo chamber
    10. 10. Not only in the US they can… Not
only
in
they
US
they
can…
    11. 11. …but in Finland too, in times of trouble…
    12. 12. …look at the bright side of life (enter the bloggers)
    13. 13. …and the enterpreneurial tweeters: Actually, we’re awesome!
    14. 14. Let’s look at it this way! Awesome!
    15. 15. And finally, politicians and mainstreammedia pick up on the changed ambience.
    16. 16. 3. Super-charging the political organization
    17. 17. A political organization 2.0
    18. 18. #ows – a political organization 2.0
    19. 19. Q’s andconclusions
    20. 20. • All new and relevant political ideas are digitally native• ”Is web2.0 relevant to politics” is not the question – that has been answered several years ago• But the interesting things on the Web are done by others than the established political players
    21. 21. • ”Old parties’”ideological development has dried out along with their incapability to adopt to the new communication environment• Parties & media were moderators in the political agenda setting and implementing process
    22. 22. • Those filters are increasingly being bypassed• Who are the moderators now?
    23. 23. • The Internet does not, for now, provide a platform for negotiation and deliberation between extremes
    24. 24. • Does the Parliament remain as the only such functioning institution?• Does the Internet as it now is actually work towards a shattered society where decision making is increasingly difficult?
    25. 25. • If so, should we make every effort to build tools and develop practices for decision making on the internet?
    26. 26. “Our parents are grateful because they’re voting. We’re the first generation to say that voting is worthless.”Marta Solanas, 27, Spain (New York Times)
    27. 27. The parties andmedia are no more there to stop us doing what theinternet enables usto do. Let’s choose wisely what we decide to do.
    28. 28. • taneli.heikka@gmail.com• http://avajaopen.fi•

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