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comm3210rdg#3-19 - RETHINKING THE GLOBALIZATION MOVEMENT...

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RETHINKING THE GLOBALIZATION MOVEMENT: TOWARD A CULTURAL THEORY OF CONTEMPORARY DEMOCRACY AND COMMUNICATION Best Abstract - In order to understand and evaluate the relationship between democracy and recent global protests in response to economic globalization we must: o Develop a more fully cultural understanding of democracy and communication One which would take into account important characteristics of contemporary democratic practice and experience A resonant but unstable compound of meanings - - democracy is integrated into individual subjectivities and collective identities through a whole variety of lived experiences Particularly in relation to mediated and symbolic practices Introduction - Even though social movements have historically arisen alongside democratic institutions, there is no necessary correlation between social movements and democratic aims or goals - Many criticisms of the new social movements have questioned: o Their capacity to further the necessary conditions of democracy - - especially in relation to their constitution of public life and public space - Can answer this question only if we first address a more fundamental question: o How can we understand the contemporary experience and practice of democracy? - Core of such a theory needs to: o Encompass the crucial role of communication and media technology in the constitution of democracy - Communication can be modeled in several empirically adequate ways, but these several models have different ethical implications for they produce different forms of social relations - Carey - His work has been influential in: o Highlighting the cultural, ritual, and symbolic nature of the communication o Redressing some of the limitations of other models of communication - He notes that: o Whatever democracy as a way of life may be - - it is constituted by particular media of communication and particular institutional arrangements through which politics is conducted (speech, newspapers, television, etc.) These forms of communication privilege the development of democracy within recognizable public spaces rather than: As a form of cultural and everyday life - Proposes that such a theorization of “democracy as a way of life” is what is solely
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needed to: o Begin to understand contemporary democratic practice and the role of communication and media technology in that practice o To provide a vision for democracy which does not excessively limit or restrict the sphere of the democratic Communication and contemporary democracy - Democracy: an assemblage of modes of material and discursive organizing designed to grant popular power - These methods of organizing include: o Representational modes Processes of representation are largely carried out through media technology Particularly print Electronic media (to an ever increasing extent) EX: there are 2 necessary conditions to modern journalism as a representational mode: A traditional notion of: o “Authentically” representing the people rather than
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This note was uploaded on 03/17/2009 for the course COMM 3210 taught by Professor Craig during the Fall '08 term at Colorado.

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