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a2 Media We Media and Democracy Booklet

a2 Media We Media and Democracy Booklet

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A2 Course guide for Media Students
A2 Course guide for Media Students

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 A2 MEDIA 2009 - 10‘WE-MEDIA’ AND DEMOCRACYStudent Handbook
We – Media
– can be defined as interactive technology, allowing ‘users’ tocreate and generate content, to be linked in ‘real time’ communication,and to ‘participate’ in social, political and cultural actions. Generallyspeaking, ‘we-media’ is a synonym for Web 2.0 – the ‘interactive web’.‘We-media’ centres on the internet and includes hardware such as mobilephones and other mobile devices. ‘We-media’ includes software thatenables users to engage in the activities outlined above.
/dimokrsi/• noun (pl. democracies) 1 a form of government in which the people have avoice in the exercise of power, typically through elected representatives. 2 astate governed in such a way. 3 control of a group by the majority of itsmembers.— ORIGIN Greek demokratia, from demos ‘the people’ + -kratia ‘power,rule’.
Oxford English Dictionary 
The rise of ‘we-media’ over the last decade has led to debate in academic,political, cultural and business spheres over the use of the new mediatechnologies in the contemporary world. There are essentaily twopositions in the debate; the optimists, who see ‘we-media’ as anempowering, democratic force for good and the pessimists who are waryof the potential for ‘we-media’ to be used for surveillance, oppression andcontrol. As an A2 media student, you have the task of negotiating thesepositions against the wider concept of ‘democracy’. What examples canyou use to illustrate these two opposing ways of looking at ‘we - media’?What conclusions can you draw from the use of ‘we-media’ in thecontemporary media landscape?This booklet will help to focus your thoughts on the subject. It is divided intothree sections; Section 1 has some useful quotes from each of thepositions outlined above, along with a bibliography (all the texts areavailable in the LRC), Section 2 has some relevant examples taken fromthe internet sites of newspapers and other relevant sources, and Section3 has suggestions for further reading.
Guide to symbols
Where you see this symbol
, the quote will be emphasising the POSITIVE,DEMOCRATIC (UTOPIAN) elements of ‘We Media’Where you see this symbol
the quote will be emphasising the NEGATIVE,UN-DEMOCRATIC (DYSTOPIAN) elements of ‘We Media’
Words, phrases and names in
are of particular relevance andimportance to the exam subject of We Media and Democracy.
Studentsare encouraged to do their own research on the subject and use theseindicators as search terms for websites or indexes in books.

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