The Politics of the Internet

The Politics of the Internet : Political Claimsmaking in Cyberspace and its Effect on Modern Political Activism

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In The Politics of the Internet: Political Claims-making in Cyberspace and Its Effect on Modern Political Activism, R.J. Maratea explores the practices of political claims-making and activism in online environments in order to better understand whether Internet technology is presently a democratizing force that changes the balance of social power in the public sphere and empowers average citizens to be more active participants in mass media.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 176 pages
  • 152.4 x 231.14 x 17.78mm | 408.23g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 3 black & white illustrations, 3 tables
  • 0739178946
  • 9780739178942

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R. J. Maratea's book answers many significant questions about the nature, impact, and future of political claims-making in our mediated era of digital communication. This is the next step in understanding contested-and constructed-cyberspace from the vantage of citizen journalism to WikiLeaks to hybrid social movements (e.g., the Tea Party), and illuminates how political institutional players, such as the National Rifle Association, fire up their constituents. -- David L. Altheide, Arizona State University How does the Internet affect the ways social problems emerge and evolve? Cyber-optimists insist we're living in a completely new world, where all claims have a chance to be heard. But The Politics of the Internet takes a hard look at the evidence and finds that old media and established advocates remain key actors in determining which issues command public attention. -- Joel Best, The University of Delaware This thoughtful, accessible and engaging book examines the complex intersections of media technology, politics, power, and social action. Maratea's innovative conceptualization of the Internet as a cyber-arena provides important insights into how new media technologies may be changing the landscape of political activism by fundamentally restructuring how we create, receive, and act upon political communications in the digital age. -- Brian Monahan, Marywood University, author of The Shock of the Newsshow more

About R. J. Maratea

R.J. Maratea is assistant professor of criminal justice at New Mexico State University.show more

Table of contents

List of Figures and Tables...000 Preface...000 Acknowledgements...000 Part OneTheoretical Background 1.The Internet as a Vehicle for Social Change...000 2.Constructing Reality in Cyberspace...000 Part TwoEmergent Political Claims-Making 3.Power to the People? Citizen Journalism in Cyberspace...000 4.Subverting Old Government with New Media: Understanding the WikiLeaks Effect...000 Part Three Institutionalized Political Claims-Making 5.Connecting the Web to the Street: Hybrid Social Movements and Online Advocacy Networks...000 6.From Back Rooms to Cyber-Lobbies: How the National Rifle Association Uses the Internet to Mobilize Support...000 7.All the News That's Fit to Post: Big Media and the Shift to Online Coverage...000 8.Conclusion: Old Wine in New Bottles?...000 Methodology Appendix...000 References...000 Index...000show more