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The Civic Organization and the Digital CitizenCommunicating Engagement in a Networked Age$
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Chris Wells

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780190203610

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190203610.001.0001

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Young Citizens and the Changing Face of Civic Information

Young Citizens and the Changing Face of Civic Information

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(p.1) 1 Young Citizens and the Changing Face of Civic Information
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The Civic Organization and the Digital Citizen
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Chris Wells

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190203610.003.0001

The relationships between citizens, organizations, media, and politics are changing profoundly. In the midst of this change, we have witnessed a variety of “new” forms of civic involvement, as well as an apparent rebirth of street protests as political engagement. The opening chapter considers this fresh civic energy against a backdrop of decades of declining institutional participation in politics—especially among young citizens—to introduce the book’s main topic: the problem of where and how young citizens find meaningful opportunities for civic engagement in a rapidly changing media environment. It also delineates key concepts that drive the book’s analyses, including the notions of civic information, the idea of a changing civic information style, and communicative relationship. The chapter also grounds the book’s later contributions with a historical and theoretical perspective on how civic information’s role in American politics has evolved since the nation’s founding.

Keywords:   civic information, news, civic information style, communicative relationship, social movements, protests, civil society

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