New Media, Democracy, and Technology

Civic Discourse Series panel discussion

6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, 2009
Boston Athenæum
10 ½ Beacon St., Boston

Civic Discourse Series: Media and Democracy
New Media, Democracy, and Technology
Panel Discussion: Gloria Boone, Linda Gallant and Nina Huntemann

Does the Internet make citizens more engaged in the democratic process? How do online social presence, community formation and party identification on social media sites such as Facebook and MySpace affect the political process? Have sites like The Huffington Post, Politico, or The Drudge Report changed political coverage? What impact did online messaging, advertising, or public relations have on the 2008 elections?

Gloria Boone is a professor in the Department of Communication and Journalism at Suffolk University. She teaches classes in advertising, new media, Web design, and rhetoric and consults with businesses and health care organizations on advertising, usability, communication, and integrated marketing.

Linda Gallant is an assistant professor of Communication Studies at Emerson College. Her teaching and research interests include the application of research methods to social computing and the maximization of information and communication technology (ICT) to advance human communication in multiple contexts – health care, politics, and the workplace.

Nina B. Huntemann is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication and Journalism at Suffolk University. Her research interests include communication policy and history, political economy of communication, new media technologies, game studies, critical cultural studies, feminist media studies, and media literacy.

Reservations will be accepted starting Feb. 12 at 617-720-7600.

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