Chapter 5: New Media and the Delusions of Freedom: From the Ethical to Political Economy Problem

Narwaya, St. Tri Guntur Chapter 5: New Media and the Delusions of Freedom: From the Ethical to Political Economy Problem. In: Chapter 5: New Media and the Delusions of Freedom: From the Ethical to Political Economy Problem. University Sains Malaysia.

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Abstract

“The public sphere as the democratic potential of media will sink when the rationality of the bureaucracy or rationality of capital begins to take over and dominate the function, work system and orientation of media production” (Robert Mc Chesney). Many people easily assume digital technology revolution is an important instrument for enhancing the democratic process. Some people also believe digital media platforms will further strengthen the emergence of democratic participation and political freedom. But is it true that the development of digital technology can be in line with the increasing quality of democracy? In the context of developing countries such as Indonesia, this phenomenon is interesting to study more deeply. This chapter intends to critically examine these optimistic premises, as well as to show the big problems faced by democracy today. This chapter wants to present a different assumption and a thesis that the euphoria of the presence of new media hides a big problem. Whereas the aspect of political economy control which is supported by the operation of the logic of capitalistic control which in many ways seriously threatens democracy (Mosco, 2016, p. 516-535).

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
Divisions: Fakultas Ilmu Komunikasi > Program Studi Ilmu Komunikasi
Depositing User: Ilmu Komunikasi UMBY
Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2021 04:22
Last Modified: 03 Dec 2021 04:22
URI: http://eprints.mercubuana-yogya.ac.id/id/eprint/13682

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