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New Media, New Civics

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Ethan Zuckerman's Bellwether Lecture at the Oxford Internet Institute, December 6, 2013

New Media, New Civics

  1. 1. New Media, New Civics? Ethan Zuckerman (@ethanz), MIT Center for Civic Media Oxford Internet Institute,December 6, 2013
  2. 2. “Thank you, Facebook” – Tahrir Square (Reuters)
  3. 3. visualization by Elena Agapie
  4. 4. civics in crisis
  5. 5. 48% of US adults take part in a civic activity 39% spoke out using offline methods 34% spoke out using online methods 39% engaged in some political activity via SNS Online users don’t distinguish between online and offline action What correlates to civic participation is socioeconomic status
  6. 6. 112th Congress 10% approval 61 bills passed of 3914 proposed
  7. 7. If young people are disenchanted with politics, rightly or wrongly, how do we help them become effective civic actors?
  8. 8. Are we bad citizens in an old paradigm, or inept citizens in a new one?
  9. 9. participatory civics
  10. 10. $818m raised 4.9 million backers
  11. 11. civic crowdfunding
  12. 12. civics is passionate
  13. 13. voice thin thick instrumental
  14. 14. voice thin thick instrumental
  15. 15. voice thin thick instrumental
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  17. 17. The Dream Nine
  18. 18. Bjarni Einarsson Smári McCarthy Brennan Novak
  19. 19. Carmen Rios
  20. 20. Khalida Brohi Sughar Center
  21. 21. norms code markets laws
  22. 22. norms markets code laws
  23. 23. voice thin thick instrumental
  24. 24. voice thin thick instrumental
  25. 25. Voice leads to (instrumental) engagement image by John D. Fisher
  26. 26. Voice begets voice image by John D. Fisher
  27. 27. Voice sets agenda image by John D. Fisher
  28. 28. Voice builds movements image by John D. Fisher
  29. 29. voice thin thick instrumental
  30. 30. Zeynep Tufekçi
  31. 31. “Sen de Gel” – “You, too, come”
  32. 32. interlocking public
  33. 33. the pointillist public sphere
  34. 34. Civics is changing. How do we help the young people like those inspired by The Hunger Games use digital tools to become participatory, passionate and effective civic actors?
  35. 35. thanks! @ethanz ethanz@mit.edu

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