Social Media and Participatory Democracy: Public Notice and the World Wide Web (New edition)

Social Media and Participatory Democracy: Public Notice and the World Wide Web (New edition)

By: Shannon E. Martin (author)Paperback

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Public notices are usually provided in the form of a document when something is about to be done or recently has been done by government. For about two hundred years these notices have often taken the form of legal notices placed as classified ads in newspapers. With the onset of social media, government as well as personal information can be accessed at a push of a button for all to see. This book addresses the kinds of changes that public notice and published public records have experienced as governments around the world try to accommodate the digital formats for information and World Wide Web publishing, as well as presenting historical and legal underpinnings for the broader claim of a public requirement to be informed about government. While there is concern that government information on the web will fall pray to pranks and misuse, the author argues that it is possible to reduce this risk by looking carefully at the intent of public notice and the history of democratic evolution. The book concludes with recommendations for smoothing the transition from a paper-based world of records to an environment of speed and virtual portability.

About Author

Shannon E. Martin is a Professor of Journalism at Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. She earned a PhD at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC. She is the author of Freedom of Information: The News the Media Use (Peter Lang, 2008).


Content: Political Communication Theories and the Development of Public Notice - The Origins of Public Notice - Modern Legal Definitions of Public Notice - Modern Examples of Web Posting - Costs for Public Notice - Public Notice in Changing Environments.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781433123016
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 158
  • ID: 9781433123016
  • weight: 260
  • ISBN10: 1433123010
  • edition: New edition

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