The Connected World

A Series by Hercules Bantas

The Propaganda Model and the Internet: Smashing the Gateway
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Series: The Connected World, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,020. Language: English. Published: September 9, 2010. Category: Nonfiction » Philosophy » American philosophy
Herman and Chomsky's 'The Propaganda Model' describes how they believed the print and broadcast mass media were manipulating information flow into the US public sphere. This ebook begins with a detailed description of the model. It then examines how computer mediated communication, like the Internet, circumvents the information filters and loosens the stranglehold of the mass media.
Ricoeur's Hermeneutic Arc and the Internet: The Changing Narrative Landscape
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Series: The Connected World, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,840. Language: English. Published: August 29, 2010. Category: Nonfiction » Social Science » Storytelling
The rise of interactive online games has challenged traditional notions of storytelling, where author tells and audience listens. This ebook uses Ricoeur's concept of a 'hermeneutic arc' to demonstrate how narratives in online games such as World of Warcraft differ from those presented through traditional media such as print and film.
Citizen Power and the Internet
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Series: The Connected World, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,600. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2010. Category: Nonfiction » Politics and Current Affairs » Democracy
The rapid proliferation of technologies like the Internet has raised the question of whether they have had a positive or a negative effect upon democratic citizenship. This guide uses Steven Lukes' three-dimensional analysis of power to examine arguments of technological determinism that cast a negative light on the technology, and Castells' positive analysis of mass self-communication.
Democracy and Postmodern Identity
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Series: The Connected World, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,160. Language: English. Published: November 4, 2010. Category: Nonfiction » Philosophy » American philosophy
The Internet makes it difficult for people to tell exactly whom they are communicating with because online identity can often rely totally upon communicative interactions. Mark Poster argues that this uncertainty- the postmodern identity- can cause difficulties for some democratic public spheres. This guide examines Poster's arguments and then applies them to three democratic theories.
Democracy and the Internet
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Series: The Connected World, Book 5. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 19,960. Language: English. Published: November 16, 2010. Category: Nonfiction » Politics and Current Affairs » Civil and human rights
Computer communication technologies, such as the Internet, are now integral to many democratic public spheres throughout the world. The question is how they impact the democratic process. Using several real world examples and the deliberative democracy theories of Rawls, Habermas, and Dryzek, this book looks at how technology has influenced the political process, and its effect on citizen power.