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RTF 393P - Internet and Politics


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DESCRIPTION: The focus of this course lies at the intersection of Internet use and democratic/ political life. Here, we will investigate connections between the Internet, traditional media environments, and various forms of political engagement. What is the impact of an increasingly rich online information environment on political knowledge levels among the public? How do different types of Internet use affect people's willingness and ability to meaningfully participate in democratic processes? How important are emergent media technologies, such as blogs, Facebook, MySpace, and YouTube in connecting us as a society or in setting the media agenda? With reference to these and many other questions, we will of course have the timely opportunity to explore the impact of Internet use on the 2008 U.S. presidential election campaigns.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Non-RTF majors are welcome in this class.