publication . Article . 2009

The Fifth Estate Emerging through the Network of Networks

William H. Dutton;
  • Published: 14 Feb 2009
  • Country: United Kingdom
Abstract The rise of the press, radio, television and other mass media enabled the development of an independent institution: the ‘Fourth Estate’, central to pluralist democratic processes. The growing use of the Internet and related digital technologies is creating a space for networking individuals in ways that enable a new source of accountability in government, politics and other sectors. This paper explains how this emerging ‘Fifth Estate’ is being established and why this could challenge the influence of other more established bases of institutional authority. It discusses approaches to the governance of this new social and political phenomenon that could ...
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ACM Computing Classification System: ComputingMilieux_LEGALASPECTSOFCOMPUTING
free text keywords: Political science, Network society, Fifth Estate, Politics, Accountability, Political economy, Liberalism, Pluralism (political theory), Mass media, business.industry, business, Fourth Estate
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