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Digital Media

Transformations in Human Communication

Edited By Paul Messaris and Lee Humphreys

The age of digital media has given rise to a new social world. It is a world in which the transmission of information from the few to the many is steadily being supplanted by the multi-directional flow of facts, lies, and ideas. It is a world in which hundreds of millions of people are voluntarily depositing large amounts of personal details in publicly accessible databases. It is a world in which interpersonal relationships are increasingly being conducted in the virtual sphere. Above all, this is a world that seems to be veering off in unpredictable ways from the trends of the immediate past. This book is a probing examination of that world, and of the changes that it has ushered into our lives.

In more than thirty essays by a wide range of scholars, this must-have second edition examines the impact of digital media in six areas – information, persuasion, community, gender and sexuality, surveillance and privacy, and cross-cultural communication – and offers an invaluable guide for students and scholars alike. With one exception, all essays are completely new or revised for this volume.

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Chapter 1: Follow the Beat: The Use of Digital Media for Youth-Oriented News in Uganda (Paul Falzone)


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Follow the Beat

The Use of Digital Media for Youth-Oriented News in Uganda

Paul Falzone

Figure 1.1. Outside Lady Slyke and Ras Nesta’s home studio.

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Introduction: “The Laptop Saved the Day”

The power is out in Makindye again. But if you park your car and climb a steep dirt path to a little two-room home near the top of the Upper Konge, you will find that the Newz Beat team is undaunted.

“The laptop saved the day,” Lady Slyke says. “Usually we use the big PC, but because sometimes our power here in Uganda goes, when the laptop has some power on, you can just connect and the whole session goes on.”

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