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By Okoth Fred Mudhai, Wisdom J. Tettey, Fackson Banda

African Media and the electronic Public Sphere examines, from theoretical and empirical views, the claims that new info and verbal exchange applied sciences (ICTs) are catalysts of democratic switch in Africa. individuals achieve this from optimist, pragmatist-realist and pessimist stances via analyses of phrases and deeds of assorted political actors and agencies or associations, from govt devices to political events and occasion leaders to civil society enterprises and minority teams. it's the first such ebook contributed to by means of a variety of African and Africanist students, dependent in Africa and world wide, whose examine and/or perform actions specialise in the connection among new electronic media and democracy at the continent.

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A one-stop shop website” (UN-DESA 2008, 23). ls) “permits its citizens to download forms . . and also offers an online feedback mechanism that allows citizens to ask questions or make a suggestion” (UN-DESA 2008, 26). In North Africa, the Ministry of Education of Egypt (http://knowledge. gov. ma) “allows its citizens to create accounts online, download financial statistics and retrieve archived information . . ” (UN-DESA 2008, 25). West African countries such as Cameroon started creating portals as far back as 2001 (Olivier 2002).

In a sense, this evidence can be used as a critique of the deliberative, action-oriented approaches to democracy. The media fact of communicating is an action. In fact, one could suggest that it represents a form of deliberation, as people learn to talk to one another (cf. Mouffe 2000, for an excellent treatise on “agonistic pluralism” as an alternative to deliberative democracy). Interrogating New Media and the Public Sphere in Africa The contextualization of new media technology above provides the basis for the empirical analyses in the ensuing chapters, which explore specific dimensions of the impact of new media on African social formations, interrogating the extent to which the celebratory, cautionary, and dystopian perspectives are borne out by the evidence relating to ICTs and the enhancement of democratic practice.

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