The emergence of digital media has fundamentally transformed the exercise of power


The emergence of digital media has fundamentally transformed the exercise of power

In critically reflecting upon the topic, you will construct an argument that clearly engages with and responds to the proposition by drawing upon the required and recommended readings related to that topic, as well as the sources identified in Assessment One. Your essay must also include some empirical illustration, which grounds the key conceptual ideas raised in your response in a real-word problem. You are encouraged to draw upon one or more of the case studies discussed in the subject, but are also welcome to engage with one or more issues that have not been discussed.

The reccomended readings are: Castells, M. 2011. ‘A network theory of power", International Journal of Communication 5: 773-787.
Herman, Edward S. (2000) ‘The propaganda model: A retrospective’, Journalism Studies 1(1): 101-112.
Noam, Eli. M. (2005), Why the Internet Is Bad for Democracy Communications of the ACM October 2005/Vol. 48, No. 10: pp 57-58.
Recommended Readings:
Castells, M. 2012. ‘Changing the world in the network society.’ In: Networks of Outrage and Hope, London: Polity, 218-243.
Dahlgren, Peter (2009) 'Media alterations', pp. 34-56 in Media and Political Engagement: citizens, communication, and democracy, New York: Cambridge University Press.
Davis, Aeron eds. (2010) ‘The production of policy and news: Liquid politics and the working cultures of the new capitalism’ in Political Communication and Theory, Routledge: London.
Davis, Aeron (2007) ‘Media production: Discursive practices, news production and the mobilisation of bias in public discourse’, pp. 36-54 in The Mediation of Power: A Critical Introduction, Routledge: New York.
 Galloway, A. 2004. Protocol: how power exists after decentralization, Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 80-115.
Habermas, Jurgen (1989) Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere, Trans., Thomas Burger and Frederick Lawrence. Cambridge: MIT Press.
MacNamara, Jim and Kenning, Gail. (2014), "E-electioneering 2007-13: Trends in Online Political Campaigns over three elections.” Media International Australia, Incorporating Culture & Policy, No. 152, August: pp. 57-74.
McNair, Brian (2007) An Introduction to Political Communication. Edited by James Curran. fourth ed., Communication and Society. Abingdon: Routledge.
Schudson, Michael (2003) ‘The problem of news in our day: Recent changes in journalism’, pp. 90–114 in The Sociology of News, WW Norton & Company: New York.
van Dijck, J. 2013. ‘Engineering sociality in a culture of connectivity.’ In: The Culture of Connectivity: A Critical History of Social Media, London: Oxford University Press, 3-23.