News on the Internet: Information and Citizenship in the 21st Century

David H Tewksbury, Jason Rittenberg

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Online news sites play an ever-pervasive role in the daily gathering and flow of political information. Media has always played an intermediary role in the way that citizens receive and process news, but, with the speed of information transmission, the segmentation of news sources, and the rise of citizen journalism, issues of authority, audience, and even the definition of “news” have shifted and become blurred. This book synthesizes research on developing and current patterns of online news provision with the literature on traditional, offline media to create a conceptual map for understanding the way that public affairs and news are presented and consumed on the Internet. The book looks at the dual role of the Internet as a source of authoritative news and as a vehicle for citizens in contemporary democracies to create and share political information. Throughout, it addresses the tension between the benefits of Internet news provision, specifically increased citizen engagement, and the negative, perhaps counterintuitive, effects: the fragmentation of knowledge and polarization of opinion in contemporary democracies. The book focuses on these points of conflict and contradiction in the online news environment and offers conclusions and predictions for how these phenomena will develop in the future.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages208
ISBN (Print)9780195391961, 9780195391978
StatePublished - Mar 23 2012

Publication series

NameOxford Series in Digital Politics
PublisherOxford University Press


  • online news
  • media
  • citizen journalism
  • Internet
  • citizen engagement
  • public affairs
  • political information
  • audience

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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