We are entering into a brave new world in which technological changes carry with them either the seeds to promote or retard citizen empowerment. The problem remains how to effectively employ this new set of information highways for societal benefit. These changes throw into relief some of the questions related to the exercising of citizenship through mass communication. Will the digital revolution increase citizen participation, decentralize conglomerate control and reinvent civil society? Can interactivity increase democratic participation through a constant series of referenda? Is it the case, as critics of electronic democracy argue, that democracy is more than a device for registering preference and that cultural rights comprise information, knowledge, representation and communication?
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1. The Traditional Paradigms: Political Theories of the Mass Media.
2. The Development of the British Press.
3. The Contemporary British Press.
4. The British Public Service Broadcasting System.
5. Whither Public Service Broadcasting System.
6. Whither Public Service Broadcasting?.
8. Democracy and the Information Superhighways.