Civic identity and the question of organization in contemporary engagement

Wells, C. (2014). Civic identity and the question of organization in contemporary engagement. Policy & Internet 6(2), 209-216. DOI: 10.1002/1944-2866.POI339

Abstract: This is a response to the article by Ethan Zuckerman “New Media, New Civics?” published in this issue of Policy & Internet (2014: vol. 6, issue 2). Dissatisfaction with existing governments, a broad shift to “post-representative democracy” and the rise of participatory media are leading toward the visibility of different forms of civic participation. Zuckerman’s article offers a framework to describe participatory civics in terms of theories of change used and demands places on the participant, and examines some of the implications of the rise of participatory civics, including the challenges of deliberation in a diverse and competitive digital public sphere. Chris Wells responds.