From September 2005 to June 2006 a team of thirteen scholars at the The University of Southern California's Annenberg Center for Communication explored how new and maturing networking technologies are transforming the way in which we interact with content, media sources, other individuals and groups, and the world that surrounds us.
This site documents the process and the results.
Annenberg Center for Communication
Networked Publics Postdoctoral Fellowship
Network publics are both empowered and overrun in the contemporary media environment. National governments and multinational media conglomerates have expanded their reach and have become practiced in the battle for control of the digital landscape, creating their own varieties of network publics, using advanced internet and satellite technologies, copyright and libel law, and national and extra-national legislation to monitor and guide use of new information technologies. But the network landscape changes rapidly. The 2003 antiwar protests included hundreds of thousands of people, the first time in history that so many people in so many countries organized demonstrations around a single issue. The protests were made possible in part by digital communication technology, which was used to coordinate marches, file reports, send video and sound files, and to scrutinize mainstream coverage of the events. Networked publics combined and clashed in a network information war, in which the quality and definition of “news
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