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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 61–62 Abrams, J. J. 32 Adams, Douglas 209 Adams, Ernest 91 addiction 15–16 Adobe 9 Adorno, Theodor 87, 89, 90 African National Congress 185–186, 190 Age UK 39 Akram, Awais 142 Alas, Joel 61, 63 Allan, Stuart 194 Allen, Richard 146 Almond, Mark 195 Almost Human 32 Althusser, Louis 83, 90, 121, 122 American Idol 117 America’s Army 78–83, 94 America’s Next Top Model 113 Anderson, Jennifer 152 Anthony, Andrew 107 Anti-Bullying Alliance 146 AOL 45 Apatow, Judd 132 Apocalypse Now 69 Apple 9, 10, 22–23 Appleton, George 145 Apprentice, The 112 Apter, Terri 146 Arab Spring 194–200, 202–205, 207 Aristotle 129, 134, 136–140, 148, 164 Armstrong, Neil 25 Arsenault, Dominic 82 Ashton, James 46 ask.fm 178 Åström, Joachim 53 Auden, W. H. 94 Autistic Superstars 21 Avatar 94–95 Ayers, Phoebe 152 Ayoade, Richard 126 Bacon, Francis 161, 164–165 Bailey, Sam 120 Baird, John 175 Baird, John Logie 131 Baker, Aryn 194 Bakhtin, Mikhail 27 Bale, Mary 141–142 Balls, Ed 115, 116 Baloun, Karel 40 Bang, Henrik 65–66 BARB 114–115 Barnes & Noble 29 Barnett, Emma 126 Baron Cohen, Sacha 71 Barthes, Roland 88–93, 126, 155–156, 210 Bates, Laura 180–181 Batman 32, 76 Battlestar Galactica 31–32 Baudrillard, Jean 18–19, 30–31, 33, 69, 72–73, 100, 106, 138, 167 Beard, Mary 180 Beckham, David 186 Begg, Moazzam 94 Being Mandela 101 230 Index Believe 32 Bell, Alexander 131 Benjamin, Walter...

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