Faculty of Arts


New Media Politics

Please note: this is archived course information from 2012 for POLITICS 703.


The course looks at new media politics from the broad perspective of political economy. It considers recent developments in the political uses of new media – for social networking, political mobilisation, election campaigning, foreign policy-making, terrorism, political dissent and so on – in the context of relations between media production, distribution and consumption.

Does the technological convergence of computers, telecommunications and the culture industries herald a new information age, or just more of the same? Who pays and who benefits from this convergence? What are the long-term political system implications and the social and cultural consequences of new media developments? Do they require new regulatory structures? Are the trends in new media applications – eg, proliferating cable news channels, blogs, social networking sites – politically exclusive or inclusive? And what effects, if any, are these developments likely to have on the old media and on the practices of mainstream journalism?

NB: enrolment is limited to 25 students, with selection criteria as follows: 1) admission to a postgraduate programme in Political Studies; 2) admission to the MProfStuds in International Relations and Human Rights; 3) results in previous tertiary study in relevant subjects.

Availability 2012

Semester 2


Coordinator(s) Dr Joe Atkinson
Lecturer(s) Dr Gavin Ellis


Matthew Hindman, The myth of digital democracy, Princeton University Press, 2009.

Recommended Reading

Stephen Coleman & Jay G. Blumler The Internet & Democratic Citizenship: Theory, Practice & Policy, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2009.


POLITICS 703: 15.0 points

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