Lec 8 - Politics of New Media

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The Politics of New Media
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Dictator’s Dilemma What is it about the internet that leads many techno- libertarians to argue that is inherently liberalizing? Why is it hard foresee the societal and political impact of this medium? After an initial surge of optimism, researchers became more skeptical about the politically liberalizing implications of the internet. Kalathil and Boas (2003) argued that the internet was simply a “tool” and that governments could shape its use and even use it for their own benefit.
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Economic Impact Why is the internet and ICTs more broadly so desirable from a global economic competitiveness standpoint? Why is the internet considered beneficial from a development?
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Political Impact In addition to the social mobilization aspect that we have discussed, what other political implications does the internet have? Why have you and others argued that it “democratizes” information? How might the adoption of the internet actually support autocratic
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This note was uploaded on 04/19/2010 for the course PSCI 0413 taught by Professor Lewis during the Winter '10 term at Middlebury.

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