‘Left Out? New Media, Radical Politics and Democracy’

Series Name Sociology
Speaker Professor Natalie Fenton
Type Lectures & Talks
When 18 Mar 2015, 04:00PM - 05:30PM
Venue Bankfield House Seminar Room on 132 New Walk, Leicester
Open To Public
For Bookings Contact For any questions, please contact Dr Jonathan Ong jco10@le.ac.uk

Rarely has the relationship between media and democracy been more centre stage. The debate on whether or not and in what form the media are related to the nature and practice of democracy is raging and rightly so. As media scholars we tend to problematise the media side of this debate, yet seldom is this matched with a critical appraisal of this thing called democracy. Rather, we are left hanging with little more than the wistful dream of democracy and the thorny problem of politics.

This talk will argue for the need to place power and equality at the centre of our analyses and suggest that in order to understand media and democracy we must also be prepared to take stock of liberal democracy and address its failures as a political project and a political system and the role of media therein.

The talk will raise the question that if the limits of the liberal project have been reached, how do we take progressive thought and action forward?

Speaker's Bio

Natalie Fenton is Professor of Media and Communications at Goldsmiths University of London. She is Co-Director of the Goldsmiths Leverhulme Media Researcher Centre and the Centre for the Study of Global Media and Democracy. She is currently working on a book project New Media and Radical Politics with Polity Press.

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