Something old and something new: A comment on new media, new civics

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This is a response to the article by Ethan Zuckerman "New Media, New Civics?" published in this issue of Policy & Internet (2014: vol. 6, issue 2). Dissatisfaction with existing governments, a broad shift to "post-representative democracy" and the rise of participatory media are leading toward the visibility of different forms of civic participation. Zuckerman's article offers a framework to describe participatory civics in terms of theories of change used and demands places on the participant, and examines some of the implications of the rise of participatory civics, including the challenges of deliberation in a diverse and competitive digital public sphere. Jennifer Earl responds.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)169-175
Number of pages7
JournalPolicy and Internet
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2014


  • Internet
  • civics
  • collective action
  • new media
  • politics
  • protest

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Public Administration
  • Health Policy
  • Computer Science Applications


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