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JUS394: CyberPolitics

This course will discuss the applicability and usefulness of major theoretical concepts of political communication in the era when the Internet is emerging as a mass information and communication medium. This course provides an overview of contemporary debates surrounding the relationship between (1) new media and information and communication technology (ICT), particularly the Internet, and (2) socio-political changes.

We will review both utopian and dystopian views on the Internet-politics relationship and the concepts of the public sphere. The course will explore theoretical and empirical problems related to the socio-political use of new media and information and communication technology (ICT), particularly the Internet. Here we will discuss media convergence, viral politics, social mobilization, political participation and deliberation online and other relevant concepts.

Particular attention is given to the multiple ways in which new media & ICT and individuals/groups/institutions — mutually shape one another to the benefit and/or disadvantage of society and various social groups. It will include cases on cyberactivism (democratic and undemocratic), online un/deliberation, online global movement, networked publics, citizen journalism (e.g. blogging, podcasting), peer-to-peer production (e.g., YouTube), and remix culture/politics, derived not only from the United States, but also from other countries in both Global North as well as Global South.

Course blogs:
http://jus394spring2008.wordpress.com/
http://jus394spring2009.wordpress.com/

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