Civic life today is mediated. Communities small and large are now using connective platforms to share information, engage in local issues, facilitate vibrant debate, and advocate for social causes. In this timely book, Paul Mihailidisexplores the texture of daily engagement in civic life, and the resources—human, technological, and practical—that citizens employ when engaging in civic actions for positive social impact. In addition to examining the daily civic actions that are embedded in media and digital literacies and human connectedness, Mihailidis outlines a model for empowering young citizens to use media to meaningfully engage in daily life.
Preface: The texture of civic life 1. Civic currency Rethinking the terms of engagement 2. Civic media: Voice, agency and disruption 3. Connective media, connection action 4. Civic currency and media genres 5. Mapping media literacies to civics 6. Human connectedness in digital culture 7. Afterward: The future of civic participation in democracy