This volume contributes to the extant and prolific New Agendas in Communication Series from one of the most salient perspectives within the field of Communication: New Technologies and Civic Engagement.
The impact of the Internet and other technological advances are constantly referred to at most junctures of today's Communication research agendas. The area of Political Communication is not immune to this trend. The effects of the Internet and digital media on today's political landscape, with a particular emphasis on enhancing individuals’ civic duties and engagement levels, are theme of concern at many of the most renowned journals in Communication and Political Science disciplines.
First, this book pays attention to the overall impact of the Internet and people's use of digital media and new technologies to analyze civic life at large, reconceptualizing what citizenship is today. Secondly, and more specifically, participants shed light over the intersection of a number of current new agendas of research in regards to some of the most rapidly growing technological advances (i.e., new publics and citizenship), and the emergence of sprouting structures of citizenship. The volume shows the implications that new technological advances carry with respect the possibilities, patterns and mechanisms for citizen communication, citizen deliberation, public sphere and civic engagement.
Table of Contents
1. Sampling from the civic buffet: Youth, new media and do-it-yourself citizenship
2. Buying in or tuning out: The role of consumption in politically active young adults
3. Civic Engagement of Youths during their Transition to Adulthood
4. Social Media and Youth Participation in Singapore
5. Social media and their impact on civic participation
Homero Gil de Zúñiga & Saif Shahin
New Publics and Citizenship
6. Egocentric publics and perceptions of the worlds around us
7. Internet, Ego-Centric Publics and Extremism
8. In Search of Cognitive Complexity in the Contemporary Public Sphere
9. Effects of Online Political Messages on their Senders: Conceptual Tools and Research Directions
Structure of Citizenship
10. ‘Click here to take action’: Action repertoires of youth civic organizations and the changing nature of civic participation
11. Engaging Audiences via Online News Sites
Natalie (Talia) Jomini Stroud, Ashley Muddiman & Joshua Scacco
12. Personalization and the Future of News
13. What's Next? Three Challenges for the Future of Political Communication Research
Homero Gil de Zúñiga is associate professor at University of Texas – Austin, where he heads the Community, Journalism and Communication Research (CJCR) unit within the School of Journalism.