By Okoth Fred Mudhai, Wisdom J. Tettey, Fackson Banda
African Media and the electronic Public Sphere examines, from theoretical and empirical views, the claims that new info and verbal exchange applied sciences (ICTs) are catalysts of democratic swap in Africa. individuals accomplish that from optimist, pragmatist-realist and pessimist stances via analyses of phrases and deeds of varied political actors and businesses or associations, from executive devices to political events and celebration leaders to civil society firms and minority teams. it's the first such booklet contributed to via quite a few African and Africanist students, established in Africa and around the globe, whose study and/or perform actions specialise in the connection among new electronic media and democracy at the continent.
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The duo identify three archetypes of e-democracy or teledemocracy, “strong” (enabled by low-cost access to ICTs) or “populist” (top-down “teleocratic” control) or “consumer” democracy, which can result from the deployment of ICTs in governance, mainly depending on citizens’ level of engagement—“active” or “republican,” and “passive” citizenship (Bellamy and Taylor 2003, 91–118). 1057/9780230621756 - African Media and the Digital Public Sphere, Edited by Okoth Fred Mudhai, Wisdom J. Tettey and Fackson Banda 28 OKOTH FRED MUDHAI For while we argue that the “reinforcement of politics” thesis provides a powerful explanation of current trends, it begs the question of what character of politics is being reinforced (Bellamy and Taylor 2003, 117).