Democracy and Media Decadence by John Keane

By John Keane

we are living in a progressive age of communicative abundance within which many media ideas - from satellite tv for pc broadcasting to shrewdpermanent glasses and digital books - spawn nice fascination combined with pleasure. within the box of politics, hopeful speak of electronic democracy, cybercitizens and e-government has been flourishing. This ebook admits the numerous exciting ways in which communicative abundance is essentially changing the contours of our lives and of our politics, frequently for the higher. however it asks no matter if too little recognition has been paid to the troubling counter-trends, the decadent media advancements that inspire public silence and concentrations of limitless energy, so weakening the spirit and substance of democracy. Exploring examples of smart executive surveillance, marketplace censorship, spin strategies and back-channel public kinfolk, John Keane seeks to appreciate and clarify those traits, and the way most sensible to accommodate them. Tackling a few difficult yet colossal and fateful questions, Keane argues that 'media decadence' is deeply damaging for public life.

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