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Digital Power and Politics

Digital Power and Politics

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Published by Max Estep Smith

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Published by: Max Estep Smith on Mar 20, 2011
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Hello everybody, my name is Max and my presentation is a follow-up to Leetalspresentation from last Wednesday, so as you can see Im also going to be talkingabout Digital Power and Politics. So, to start Id like to say I really liked Leetalspresentation; she talked a lot about the digital power and politics of the individual,and how the digital world such as digital media like the internet
theindividual and how that helps to re-shape the political landscape of culture andhuman interaction, and essentially becomes a tool for the growth, development, andevolution. (Ask her if thats right, if she seems not sure ask if shed like to addanything, or if anybody else does). So, Im going to be taking a little bit of a differentinterpretation of what Digital Power and Politics means, so Im going to talk a littleless about the empowering of the individual and a little more about the way in whichdigitization has helped promote and reform the power and politics of larger, systemstructures like the government and/or corporations in relation to the individual. Sobasically, how does the digital inform the relationship between You and Government.1
I wanted to start out by framing my presentation within the concept of centralization.So, what is it? (Read definition). Id like to point out that the key words here areadministrate, which means to manage or direct, and central, which assigns a specificspatial orientation to authority in question. So, keep that in mind as we go along.2
So for most of you, the idea that authority is centralized, meaning that its is collectedin a central authority figure, like Professor Winokur here, and that it emanatesoutwards and exerts its control over the fringes, like us, is a pretty basic, fundamentalconcept that we would tend to trace all the way back to the first civilizations.However, centralization as a fact of life hasnt always been the case, and it was nevernecessarily considered to be inevitable either. One example of how it did come aboutis the shift during the middle age, that was by no means universal, from Itinerantkingship to bureaucratic rule. (Explain) (Link this back into class by discussing theessential point here: that bureaucratization3

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