Media and cyber-democracy in Africa: an introduction

Banda, Fackson (2006) Media and cyber-democracy in Africa: an introduction. In: 1st Academic Seminar of the Sabmiller Chair of Media & Democracy, 9 September 2006, Grahamstown, South Africa. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

The paper provides a sketch of the discourse of media and ‘cyber-democracy’ in and out of Africa. Firstly, it discusses the characteristic features of new media technology. Secondly, it attempts a ‘theorising’ of cyber-democracy, within the context of general democratic theory. Thirdly, it sets out a vision of cyber-democracy for Africa. In delineating this vision, it highlights six features characteristic of the democratic potential of new media technology and gives examples of how Africa has appropriated them. Finally, it outlines a ‘new media’ research agenda for Africa.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information:This paper is designed to be published as part of a book project currently under negotiation with the publishers.
Uncontrolled Keywords:new media; democracy; democratic theory; interactive; deliberative; dialogic communication; participation; new technology
Subjects:Y Unknown > Subjects to be assigned
Divisions:Faculty > Faculty of Humanities > Journalism and Media Studies
ID Code:460
Deposited By: Prof. Fackson Banda
Deposited On:20 Nov 2006
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