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New Media, Civic Media

New Media, Civic Media

This video was recorded at MIT Communications Forum. As old media die, new forms are emerging, but it's not clear they will serve such vital civic functions as "helping people form publics," as Pat Aufderheide puts it. These panelists point to promising experiments in "Public Media 2.0," but caution that new media are not guaranteed to shore up democracy or invigorate public culture. After two years of research, Jessica Clark has reframed the notion of public media as "outlets that provide context/content that allows publics to form around shared issues without political or corporate interference." Instead of a centralized producer (old media), user-producers collaborate, forming networks with the use of digital tools. Some novel ventures that "break out of the old zones:" cell phone... Show More

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