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The Role of Civic Media in the 2008 U.S. Presidential Election

The Role of Civic Media in the 2008 U.S. Presidential Election

This video was recorded at MIT World Series: Soap Box. In World of Warcraft, online 'clans' form whose members, while dispersed geographically, exhibit fierce loyalty toward each other -- reminiscent, says Henry Jenkins of neighborhood bowling leagues. He wonders whether new media platforms that encourage bonding over long distances might help move Americans back toward more personal and immediate civic engagement. Forty years after Alvin Toffler noted that American society was fragmenting due to increased social mobility, digital technology permits us "to build strong friendships and carry them with us wherever we move," says Jenkins. Social ties can exist without regard to geography, but how do new kinds of social organization play into our politics, especially at the local level? And as... Show More
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