The revolution in digital communications has altered the relationship between citizens and political elites, with important implications for democracy. As new information ecosystems have evolved, as unforeseen examples of their positive and negative consequences have emerged, and as theorizing, data, and research methods have expanded and improved, the central question has shifted from if the digital information environment is good or bad for democratic politics to how and in what contexts particular attributes of this environment are having an influence. It is only through the careful analysis of specific cases that we can begin to build a more comprehensive and nuanced understanding of the role of digital media in democratic theory and practice.
The essays in Digital Media and Democratic Futures focus on a variety of information and communication technologies, politically relevant actors, substantive issues, and digital political practices, doing so from distinct theoretical perspectives and methodological approaches. Individually, each of these case studies provides deep insights into the complex and context-dependent relationship between media and democracy. Collectively, they show that there is no single outcome for democracy in the digital age, only a range of possible futures.
Contributors: Rena Bivens, Michael X. Delli Carpini, Jennifer Earl, Thomas Elliott, Deen Freelon, Kelly Gates, Philip N. Howard, Daniel Kreiss, Ting Luo, Helen Nissenbaum, Beth Simone Noveck, Jennifer Pan, Lisa Poggiali, Daniela Stockmann.
Introduction: Digital Media and the Future(s) of Democracy
—Michael X. Delli Carpini
PART I. DESIGNING DIGITAL DEMOCRACIES
1. Programming the Rules of Engagement: Social Media Design and the Nonprofit System
2. Digital Opportunity Structures: Explaining Variation in Digital Mobilization During the 2016 Democratic Primaries
3. Kids These Days: Supply and Demand for Youth Online Political Engagement
—Thomas Elliott and Jennifer Earl
PART II. RETHINKING EXPERTISE IN DIGITAL DEMOCRACIES
4. Why Dewey Was Wrong
—Beth Simone Noveck
5. Counting the Uncounted: What the Absence of Data on Police Killings Reveals
6. Digital Peripheries and the Politics of Expertise in Nairobi, Kenya
PART III. DIGITAL MEDIA AND PUBLIC VOICES
7. Authoritarian Deliberation 2.0: Lurking and Discussing Politics in Chinese Social Media
—Daniela Stockmann and Ting Luo
8. How the Market for Social Media Shapes Strategies of Internet Censorship
9. The Measure of a Movement: Quantifying Black Lives Matter's Social Media Power
PART IV. REGULATING DIGITAL DEMOCRACIES
10. Must Privacy Give Way to Use Regulation?
11. Democratic Futures and the Internet of Things: How Information Infrastructure Will Become a Political Constitution
—Philip N. Howard
"A substantial, unique, and much needed contribution to our understanding of media, politics, and policy. Inspired and comprehensive in its approach, Digital Media and Democratic Futures offers a set of fresh and original questions answered by innovative thinkers."—Zizi Papacharissi, University of Illinois, Chicago
"Digital Media and Democratic Futures forges new lines of interdisciplinary research. Editor Michael X. Delli Carpini and the book's contributors identify the stakes in digital politics and describe the relationships between disparate phenomena, from the Internet of Things to Black Lives Matter."—David Karpf, George Washington University