Netroots

Author: Matthew Robert Kerbel
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317255569
Format: PDF, Kindle
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The progressive "netroots," fueled by bloggers writing on websites like the Daily Kos and working through online organizations like MoveOn, are on the verge of spearheading a revolution that may well define the coming political era. Still, their purpose, goals, and track record remain largely misunderstood. This book provides an understanding of the loosely affiliated groups that collectively call themselves the progressive netroots: who they are, what they hope to accomplish, what they've done so far and how likely it is they will succeed in a plan so audacious it would result, if realized, in the transformation of America from a television-focused, center-right nation to an Internet-focused, center-left nation. Netroots weaves together a range of evidence and arguments to shatter conventional myths about this online movement. It explains why the left is better positioned than the right to take advantage of the decentralized nature of the Internet. As progressive candidates make uneven progress toward winning elections, the progressive netroots are working to drive media narratives and building real and virtual communities of activists that will contribute strongly to electoral success. Netroots documents the achievements of this emerging political force through an engaging analysis told with an eye toward history and in the bloggers' own words.

Politics in Popular Movies

Author: John S. Nelson
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317253981
Format: PDF, ePub
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Popular movies can be surprisingly smart about politics - from the portentous politics of state or war, to the grassroots, everyday politics of family, romance, business, church and school. Politics in Popular Movies analyses the politics in many well-known films across four popular genres: horror, war, thriller and science fiction. The book's aims are to appreciate specific movies and their shared forms, to understand their political engagements and to provoke some insightful conversations. The means are loosely related 'film takes' that venture ambitious, playful and engaging arguments on political styles encouraged by recent films. Politics in Popular Movies shows how conspiracy films expose oppressive systems; it explores how various thrillers prefigured American experiences of 9/11 and shaped aspects of the War on Terror; how some horror films embrace new media, while others use ultra-violence to spur political action; it argues that a popular genre is emerging to examine non-linear politics of globalisation, terrorism and more. Finally it analyses the ways in which sci-fi movies reflect populist politics from the Occupy and Tea Party movements, rethink the political foundations of current societies and even remake our cultural images of the future.

Media and Conflict

Author: Cees Jan Hamelink
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317256190
Format: PDF, ePub
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The world faces explosive conflicts about the distribution and scarcity of resources, about ethnicity and religion, and about the risks of urban life. These conflicts can easily spiral out of control toward mass slaughter-an evil of huge proportions that is often escalated by the media. What should be done to prevent this lethal trend? We need to understand how the 'spiral of escalation' works. How do media create anxiety, provide space for agitation, and disconnect people? Three approaches to the prevention of mass mediated aggression are proposed in this book: an early warning system for incitement to mass destruction, the invitation to disarming conversations in urban space, and the teaching of 'compassionate communication' to children and others. Alertness to the recurrence of collective violence is urgently needed not only in unstable and poor societies, but also in established democracies. Ordinary people can be incited to the mass slaughter of other ordinary people anywhere. Understanding the media's role in this and acting to prevent it are key goals of this book.

The New Blue Media

Author: Theodore Hamm
Publisher: The New Press
ISBN: 1595587381
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Is a new progressive era in American life in the offing? Only time will tell, but journalist Theodore Hamm’s sharp, acerbic book suggests that a new progressive media has already arrived. Satirical, hard-charging, and unapologetically progressive, this new media movement is both reinvigorating old forms like late-night TV and documentaries and inventing new forms like the blogosphere. In a breezy, accessible style, The New Blue Media traces the rise during the Bush years of new media stars: the news-saturated satire of The Onion, The Daily Show, and The Colbert Report; the polemical assaults of Michael Moore and Air America; and the instant-messaging politics of MoveOn, Daily Kos, and the netroots. With the exception of Air America, all of these new media outlets have found commercial success—marking, says Hamm, a new era in liberal politics. Does this new media matter? In 2004, both Michael Moore and MoveOn became major players; more recently, the influence of the netroots sparked an upheaval within the Democratic Party, when Connecticut’s Ned Lamont almost defeated former vice-presidential candidate Joseph Lieberman in his campaign for the Senate. Taken as a whole, the New Blue Media are shaping both the style—and in many cases the substance—of twenty-first-century progressive politics.

Das Internet in Wahlk mpfen

Author: Andreas Jungherr
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
ISBN: 3658010126
Format: PDF
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Das Internet ist aus Wahlkämpfen in vielen Ländern kaum mehr wegzudenken. Politiker und Kampagnenstäbe setzen das Internet als Wahlkampfinstrument ein. Bürger nutzen das Internet, um sich über Politik zu informieren oder in das politische Geschehen einzugreifen. Obwohl das Internet zum Kampagnenalltag gehört, herrscht vielerorts noch Unsicherheit über Einsatzmöglichkeiten und Wirkungen des Internets in Wahlkämpfen. Der vorliegende Band stellt daher kompakt den aktuellen Stand der Forschung zur Nutzung, Bedeutung und Wirkung des Internets in Wahlkampagnen in den USA und in Deutschland dar. So trägt er zu einem fundierten Verständnis von Wahlkämpfen im Internetzeitalter bei.​

Wirtschaftspolitik im Wandel

Author: Justus Haucap
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
ISBN: 311055285X
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Der vorliegende Band enthält die Beiträge des 50. Forschungsseminars Radein und reflektiert ordnungspolitische Fragen und Probleme. Die ordnungspolitischen Analysen beziehen sich zum einen auf Faktormärkte für Arbeit und Kapital sowie auf Produktmärkte wie Gesundheit, Energie oder Medien, zum anderen auf übergreifende Themen wie die Zukunft Europas oder die Digitalisierung.