Democracy and new media

10th June 2008

New-media communication tools are making possible a profound shift in the way journalism is conceived and practised. The impact will be on the public sphere and democracy itself, says POLIS Director Charlie Beckett in a special article for

"From bloggers in China to 'netroots' activists in the United States, new forms of journalism are reshaping political communications - and therefore politics itself. The success of Barack Obama's campaign for his party's nomination in the US presidential election has depended crucially on internet mobilisation. The unprecedented openness of the response to the Sichuan earthquake was also conditioned by citizen journalism and the hyper-textuality of modern media. The influence of new forms of communication is pervasive, the opportunities legion. But is the business of journalism up to the challenge?"

Read the article in full here|.