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Interactivity 2

New media, politics and society- Second edition

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Alec Charles

Two years is a long time in the world of new media – a world of phubbing and selfies, of cyberbullying and neknomination, of bitcoins, Prism surveillance and Google Glass. Much has occurred since the first edition of this book: from the extraordinary social media responses to the deaths of Margaret Thatcher, Nelson Mandela and Peaches Geldof, to the Twitterstorms occasioned by allegations against a late peer of the realm, the rise of the UK Independence Party and the popularity of The Great British Bake Off. The Egyptian revolution has come undone, the Turkish government has banned YouTube, the American President has looked beyond Facebook and the British Prime Minister has started to tweet. World leaders at a 2014 summit even played an interactive nuclear war game. Emergent technologies have been held responsible for the demise of a television presenter in a snowball-related incident, the disappearance of a Pacific island and the appearance of an unfeasibly massive squid. Drawing upon developments in social networking, crowdsourcing, clicktivism, digital games and reality TV, this study asks whether the technological innovations which sponsored such absurdities might ever promote progressive modes of social interaction and political participation. Perhaps somewhat absurdly, it suggests they one day might.

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Aab, Jaak 47–49 Aarma, Andres 50 Adams, Douglas 195 Adams, Ernest 78–79 Adorno, Theodor 74–76 Alas, Joel 46, 51 Allan, Stuart 179 Almond, Mark 180 Althusser, Louis 69–70, 77, 113–115 Amazon 90 American Idol 109 America’s Army 63–67, 70, 84, 138, 151 America’s Next Top Model 106 Anderson, Jennifer 154 Anthony, Andrew 98 Apocalypse Now 55 Apple 17 Apprentice, The 109 Apter, Terri 147 Arab Spring 176–180, 190 Aris, Ben 42 Aristotle 125, 131, 134–137, 139–140, 143, 149, 168 Arsenault, Dominic 69, 82 Ashton, James 1999 Åström, Joachim 39 Auden, W.H. 84 Autistic Superstars 15 Avatar 14, 84–85 Ayers, Phoebe 154 Baker, Aryn 180 Bakri, Omar 105 Baloun, Karel 30 Bang, Henrik 52 Barthes, Roland 75–82, 122, 209 Batman 61, 122 Battlestar Galactica 24 Baudrillard, Jean 12–14, 23–25, 55, 57–59, 64, 90, 97, 137, 153, 171, 207 Benjamin, Walter 76, 80, 117, 187 Benyon, John 186 Big Brother 2, 15, 89–90, 92–93, 98–99, 103, 105, 151 Big Donor Show, The 16 Bignell, Jonathan 93, 98 bin Laden, Osama 57 Biressi, Anita 91 BlackBerry 117, 179, 184–185, 187, 189 Black Hawk Down 55 Blair, Cherie 198 Blair, Tony 10, 64, 92, 99, 181, 201 Blanchot, Maurice 140, 147 Blumler, Jay 29, 52, 93 Boellstorff, Tom 70 Bogost, Ian 71 Bolter, Jay 9, 39, 58, 66, 70, 78 Boof, Kola 57 Borges, Jorge Luis 4, 25, 73, 171 Boswell, James 135–136 Bourdieu,...

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