New Media, Democracy, and Technology

A Panel Discussion with Gloria Boone, Linda Gallant, & Nina Huntemann

Thursday, February 26, 2009
6:00 p.m.
Boston Athenæum, 10½ Beacon Street

Does the Internet help 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, MySpace, Flickr, and Digg affect the political process? Have online media sites like The Huffington Post, Politico, or The Drudge Report changed political coverage? What impact has online messaging, advertising or public relations had 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. She consults with businesses and health care organizations on advertising, usability, communication, and integrated marketing communication.

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 – healthcare, 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.

A reception will follow this panel discussion. Reservations will be accepted starting February 12 at 617-720-7600.

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