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What is Civic Media?

What is Civic Media?

This video was recorded at MIT Communications Forum. In launching the Center for Future Civic Media, Henry Jenkins challenges the notion that the technology we use every day for work and entertainment has fragmented society, driven individuals into private worlds, and played havoc with civic engagement. Jenkins perceives an "expanded notion of local emerging," as individuals deploy different technologies to form new kinds of social and participatory networks. If "historically democracy was kept alive by micro rituals" like town pageants, picnics and state fairs, says Jenkins, new media might offer digitally based social rituals "to bring people together in powerful ways to enhance civic engagement." While technologies might bring opportunities for participation, Chris Csikszentmihalyi... Show More


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