New Media and Politics: A Synopsis of Theories, Issues, and Research
- Ran WeiRan WeiSchool of Journalism and Communication, Chinese University of Hong Kong
- and Larry Zhiming XuLarry Zhiming XuAnnenberg School for Communication and Journalism, University of Southern California
The ongoing revolution in information and communication technologies (ICTs) has fundamentally transformed the landscape of democracy and the way people engage in politics. From the configuration of media systems to the decision-making of the voting public, the changes have permeated through almost every level of society, affecting political institutions, political actors, citizen groups, and mass media. For each aspect, a synopsis of classical and emergent political communication theories, contemporary and contentious political issues, and cutting-edge research adds to the discussion of new media. The discussion is unfolded with an account of research of new media effects on politics in international setting and cross-cultural contexts with insights of how Western theories and research apply (or fail to) in international contexts.