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The Cost of Free Speech - Pornography, Hate Speech, and their Challenge to Liberalism (Hardcover): A. Levin The Cost of Free Speech - Pornography, Hate Speech, and their Challenge to Liberalism (Hardcover)
A. Levin
R2,173 Discovery Miles 21 730 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

The distinctly contemporary proliferation of pornography and hate speech poses a challenge to liberalism's traditional ideal of a 'marketplace of ideas' facilitated by state neutrality about the content of speech. This new study argues that the liberal state ought to depart from neutrality to meet this challenge.

The Impact of the Freedom of Information Act on Central Government in the UK - Does FOI Work? (Hardcover): Robert Hazell, Ben... The Impact of the Freedom of Information Act on Central Government in the UK - Does FOI Work? (Hardcover)
Robert Hazell, Ben Worthy, Mark Glover
R2,249 Discovery Miles 22 490 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Based on interviews with officials, requesters and journalists, as well as a survey of FOI requesters and a study of stories in the national media, this book offers a unique insight into how the Freedom of Information Act 2000 really works.

Censorship (Paperback): Paul Von Blum Censorship (Paperback)
Paul Von Blum
R3,124 Discovery Miles 31 240 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

"Censorship is a casebook designed to help readers understand the complexities of censorship and expressive freedom in America during the past century. The cases and other materials presented in this volume reveal many of the high and low points in the continuing struggle between the promise of the First Amendment and the reality of intermittent censorship and government interference. By focusing on concrete cases and examples, the volume encourages students and other readers to explore the underlying conflicts of values that First Amendment and censorship controversies promote. Censorship is divided into four thematic units: Freedom of Communication: The First Amendment and its Many Limitations Schools and Freedom of Expression The Arts and Censorship Reputational Censorship: Beyond the First Amendment

" Paul Von Blum is Senior Lecturer in African American Studies and Communication Studies at UCLA, where he has taught since 1980, after 11 years of faculty service at the University of California at Berkeley. He has received Distinguished Teaching Awards at both Berkeley and UCLA and teaches a course in Race, Racism and the Law. Trained originally as a lawyer at UC Berkeley, he has handled racial profiling and other public interest cases for 40 years. He is the author of six previous books and over 100 articles on art and cultural history, law, education, and politics."

Taking Offence (Hardcover): Casper Melville Taking Offence (Hardcover)
Casper Melville
R325 Discovery Miles 3 250 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

From plays to cartoons, books to Teddy Bears--interest groups, often using the language of human rights, are claiming that they are offended and attempting to ban, gag, even kill, those deemed to be the offenders. Intellectual heavyweights throughout the Anglo-American world of letters have charged to the defense of free expression. There have been many highly charged incidents, in particular around Islam, offering opportunities for an orgy of media self-congratulation about the superiority of secular democracy and the vital role of the press in supporting freedom. Using his experience as editor of "New Humanist" (itself accused of "offensiveness"), Melville tries to disentangle the varieties of offense, to trace the origins of our current situation to the failed identity politics of the 1970s and the new language of human rights, and to distinguish between the duty to offend and the temptations of cultural chauvinism.

A Little Corner of Freedom - Russian Nature Protection from Stalin to Gorbachev (Paperback, Revised): Douglas R Weiner A Little Corner of Freedom - Russian Nature Protection from Stalin to Gorbachev (Paperback, Revised)
Douglas R Weiner
R707 R547 Discovery Miles 5 470 Save R160 (23%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

While researching Russia's historical efforts to protect nature, Douglas Weiner unearthed unexpected findings: a trail of documents that raised fundamental questions about the Soviet political system. These surprising documents attested to the unlikely survival of a critical-minded, scientist-led movement through the Stalin years and beyond. It appeared that, within scientific societies, alternative visions of land use, resrouce exploitation, habitat protection, and development were sustained and even publicly advocated. In sharp contrast to known Soviet practices, these scientific societies prided themselves on their traditions of free elections, foreign contacts, and a pre-revolutionary heritage. Weiner portrays nature protection activists not as do-or-die resisters to the system, nor as inoffensive do-gooders. Rather, they took advantage of an unpoliced realm of speech and activity and of the patronage by middle-level Soviet officials to struggle for a softer path to development. In the process, they defended independent social and professional identities in the face of a system that sought to impose official models of behavior, ethics, and identity for all. Written in a lively style, this absorbing story tells for the first time how organized participation in nature protection provided an arena for affirming and perpetuating self-generated social identities in the USSR and preserving a counterculture whose legacy survives today.

Republic.com 2.0 (Paperback): Cass R. Sunstein Republic.com 2.0 (Paperback)
Cass R. Sunstein
R544 R421 Discovery Miles 4 210 Save R123 (23%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

What happens to democracy and free speech if people use the Internet to listen and speak only to the like-minded? What is the benefit of the Internet's unlimited choices if citizens narrowly filter the information they receive? Cass Sunstein first asked these questions in 2001's "Republic.com." Now, in "Republic.com 2.0," Sunstein thoroughly rethinks the critical relationship between democracy and the Internet in a world where partisan Weblogs have emerged as a significant political force.

"Republic.com 2.0" highlights new research on how people are using the Internet, especially the blogosphere. Sunstein warns against "information cocoons" and "echo chambers," wherein people avoid the news and opinions that they don't want to hear. He also demonstrates the need to regulate the innumerable choices made possible by technology. His proposed remedies and reforms emphasize what consumers and producers can do to help avoid the perils, and realize the promise, of the Internet.

Islam Dot Com - Contemporary Islamic Discourses in Cyberspace (Hardcover): Mohammed El-Nawawy, Sahar Khamis Islam Dot Com - Contemporary Islamic Discourses in Cyberspace (Hardcover)
Mohammed El-Nawawy, Sahar Khamis
R2,243 Discovery Miles 22 430 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

This book analyzes the discourses and deliberations in the discussion forums of three of the most visited Islamic websites. In doing so, it explores the potential impact of the Islamic public sphere, and the re-configuration of the 'virtual umma' (Islamic community) online, on the creation of multiple identities and resistances, which manifest themselves through various Islamic sites, producing varying degrees of consensus, divergence, and negotiation in multiple contexts and across different discourses. The book also investigates the extent to which these Islamic websites have provided a venue for Muslims to freely engage in vibrant deliberations and constructive discussions among themselves, as well as with 'Others', i.e., non-Muslims, about various political, economic, religious and social issues.

Changing Media, Changing China (Paperback): Susan L. Shirk Changing Media, Changing China (Paperback)
Susan L. Shirk
R448 Discovery Miles 4 480 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Thirty years ago, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) made a fateful decision: to allow newspapers, magazines, television, and radio stations to compete in the marketplace instead of being financed exclusively by the government. The political and social implications of that decision are still unfolding as the Chinese government, media, and public adapt to the new information environment. Edited by Susan Shirk, one of America's leading experts on contemporary China, this collection of essays brings together a who's who of experts-Chinese and American-writing about all aspects of the changing media landscape in China. In detailed case studies, the authors describe how the media is reshaping itself from a propaganda mouthpiece into an agent of watchdog journalism, how politicians are reacting to increased scrutiny from the media, and how television, newspapers, magazines, and Web-based news sites navigate the cross-currents between the open marketplace and the CCP censors. China has over 360 million Internet users, more than any other country, and an astounding 162 million bloggers. The growth of Internet access has dramatically increased the information available, the variety and timeliness of the news, and its national and international reach. But China is still far from having a free press. As of 2008, the international NGO Freedom House ranked China 181 worst out of 195 countries in terms of press restrictions, and Chinese journalists have been aptly described as "dancing in shackles." The recent controversy over China's censorship of Google highlights the CCP's deep ambivalence toward information freedom. Covering everything from the rise of business media and online public opinion polling to environmental journalism and the effect of media on foreign policy, Changing Media, Changing China reveals how the most populous nation on the planet is reacting to demands for real news.

The Political Economy of Media - Enduring Issues, Emerging Dilemmas (Hardcover): Robert W. McChesney The Political Economy of Media - Enduring Issues, Emerging Dilemmas (Hardcover)
Robert W. McChesney
R1,912 Discovery Miles 19 120 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

The influence of media on society is unquestioned. Its reach penetrates nearly every corner of the world and every aspect of life. But it has also been a contested realm, embodying class politics and the interests of monopoly capital. In The Political Economy of Media, one of the foremost media critics of our time, Robert W. McChesney, provides a comprehensive analysis of the economic and political powers that are being mobilized to consolidate private control of media with increasing profit -- all at the expense of democracy.

In this elegant and lucid collection, McChesney examines the monopolistic competition that has created a global media that is ever more concentrated and centralized. McChesney reveals why questions about the ownership of commercial U.S. media remain off limits within the political culture; how private ownership of media leads to the degradation of journalism and suppression of genuine debate; and why corporate rule threatens democracy by failing to provide the means for an educated and informed citizenry. The Political Economy of Media also highlights resistance to corporate media over the last century, including the battle between broadcasters and the public in the 1920s and 1930s and the ongoing media reform movement today. The Political Economy of Media makes it clear that the struggle over the ownership and the role of media is of utmost importance to everyone.

Security Classified & Controlled Information (Paperback): Harold C. Relyea Security Classified & Controlled Information (Paperback)
Harold C. Relyea
R1,209 R1,050 Discovery Miles 10 500 Save R159 (13%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The security classification regime in use within the federal executive branch traces its origins to armed forces information protection practices of the World War I era. The classification system -- designating information, according to prescribed criteria and procedures, protected in accordance with one of three levels of sensitivity, based on the amount of harm to the national security that would result from its disclosure -- attained a presidential character in 1940 when President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued the initial executive order prescribing these information security arrangements. Refinements in the creation, management, and declassification of national security information followed over the succeeding decades, and continue today. In many regards, these developments represent attempts to narrow the bases and discretion for assigning official secrecy to executive branch documents and materials. Limiting the quantity of security classified information has been thought to be desirable for a variety of important reasons: (1) promoting an informed citizenry, (2) effectuating accountability for government policies and practices, (3) realising oversight of government operations, and (4) achieving efficiency and economy in government management. Because security classification, however, was not possible for some kinds of information deemed in some quarters to be "sensitive", other kinds of designations or markings came to be applied to alert federal employees regarding its privileged or potentially harmful character. Sometimes these markings derived from statutory provisions requiring the protection of a type of information; others were administratively authorised with little detail about their use. In the current environment, still affected by the long shadow of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, several issues have arisen regarding security classified and controlled information. Volume is a concern: 8 million new classification actions in 2001 jumped to 14 million new actions in 2005, while the quantity of declassified pages dropped from 100 million in 2001 to 29 million in 2005. Expense is vexing: $4.5 billion spent on classification in 2001 increased to $7.1 billion in 2004, while declassification costs fell from $232 million in 2001 to $48.3 million in 2004, according to annual reports by the Information Security Oversight Office (ISOO) of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). Some agencies were recently discovered to be withdrawing archived records from public access and reclassifying them. Critically evaluating this activity, ISOO has indicated that the federal government needs to apply a more integrated approach among the classifying agencies. The force of, and authority for, information control markings, other than security classification labels, have come under congressional scrutiny, prompting concerns about their number, variety, lack of underlying managerial regimes, and effects. Among those effects, contend the Government Accountability Office and the manager of the Information Sharing Environment for the intelligence community, is the obstruction of information sharing across the federal government and with state and local governments.

From the Palmer Raids to the Patriot Act (Paperback): Christopher M Finan From the Palmer Raids to the Patriot Act (Paperback)
Christopher M Finan
R504 R421 Discovery Miles 4 210 Save R83 (16%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

The first comprehensive history of free speech in America for a general readership, from a respected historian and free speech activist
A 2007 Book Sense Selection
In this lively history of our most fundamental and perhaps most vulnerable right, Christopher Finan traces the lifeline of free speech from the War on Terror back to the turn of the last century. The story of the fight for free speech in times of war and peace--when writers, publishers, booksellers, and librarians are often on the front lines--is essential reading.
"At a time when America's freedoms and liberties are under attack in Washington, Finan's book is a powerful reminder of why we must carry on the fight to preserve the central underpinning of the American democratic system."
--Senator Bernie Sanders
"A marvelously readable account of the struggle for free speech in the United States."
--Geoffrey R. Stone, author of Perilous Times
"A welcome and much-needed change from the simplistic good-versus-evil treatment this subject often gets. Could be the definitive study of a perpetually complex, contentious issue."
--Booklist, starred review
"American history is marred by recurrent episodes of hate--Red scares, super-patriotism, fear of sexual expression. Christopher Finan brilliantly paints that record, and shows how courageous Americans have fought for freedom."
--Anthony Lewis, author of Gideon's Trumpet and Make No Law
"Finan's colorful narrative . . . shows how much progress we have made--and how far we have to go."
--Nadine Strossen, president of the ACLU and professor of law, New York Law School
"A book with enormous relevance for post-9/11 America."
--GeneRoman, America Magazine

The Political Economy of Media - Enduring Issues, Emerging Dilemmas (Paperback): Robert W. McChesney The Political Economy of Media - Enduring Issues, Emerging Dilemmas (Paperback)
Robert W. McChesney
R663 Discovery Miles 6 630 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

The influence of media on society is unquestioned. Its reach penetrates nearly every corner of the world and every aspect of life. But it has also been a contested realm, embodying class politics and the interests of monopoly capital. In The Political Economy of Media, one of the foremost media critics of our time, Robert W. McChesney, provides a comprehensive analysis of the economic and political powers that are being mobilized to consolidate private control of media with increasing profit -- all at the expense of democracy.

In this elegant and lucid collection, McChesney examines the monopolistic competition that has created a global media that is ever more concentrated and centralized. McChesney reveals why questions about the ownership of commercial U.S. media remain off limits within the political culture; how private ownership of media leads to the degradation of journalism and suppression of genuine debate; and why corporate rule threatens democracy by failing to provide the means for an educated and informed citizenry. The Political Economy of Media also highlights resistance to corporate media over the last century, including the battle between broadcasters and the public in the 1920s and 1930s and the ongoing media reform movement today. The Political Economy of Media makes it clear that the struggle over the ownership and the role of media is of utmost importance to everyone.

Trade Unions and the Coming of Democracy in Africa (Hardcover): J Kraus Trade Unions and the Coming of Democracy in Africa (Hardcover)
J Kraus
R2,573 Discovery Miles 25 730 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

This book uniquely depicts the preeminent role that African trade unions played in ousting dictatorships and bringing democracy to many African countries in the 1990s. In the analytical introduction and case studies of major African countries, leading scholars relate how democratic trade unions were critical in launching and sustaining democratization. Working with other societal groups and parties, unions continue to represent the popular classes and invigorate democratic life in these otherwise elite-dominated countries.

Texting, Suicide, and the Law - The case against punishing Michelle Carter (Hardcover): Mark Tunick Texting, Suicide, and the Law - The case against punishing Michelle Carter (Hardcover)
Mark Tunick
R1,024 Discovery Miles 10 240 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

In 2014, Conrad Roy committed suicide following encouragement from his long-distance girlfriend, Michelle Carter, in what has become known as the Texting Suicide case. The case has attracted much attention, largely focusing on the First Amendment free speech issue. This book takes the view that the issue is intertwined with several others, some of which have received less attention but help explain why the case is so captivating and important, issues concerning privacy, accountability, coercion, punishment, and assisted suicide. The focus here is on how all of these issues are interconnected. By breaking the issue down into its complex layers, the work aids reasoned judgment, ensuring we aren't guided solely by our gut reactions. The book is laid out as a case against punishing Ms. Carter, but it is less important that we agree with that conclusion than that we reach our conclusions not just through our instincts and intuitions but by thinking about these fundamental issues. The work will be of interest to scholars in law, political theory, and philosophy as an example of how theoretical issues apply to particular controversies. It will also appeal to readers interested in freedom of speech and the First Amendment, criminal justice and theories of punishment, suicide laws, and privacy.

Letters from Freedom - Post-Cold War Realities and Perspectives (Paperback): Adam Michnik Letters from Freedom - Post-Cold War Realities and Perspectives (Paperback)
Adam Michnik; Translated by Jane Cave; Volume editing by I.G. Grudzinska, Irena Grudzinska Gross; Foreword by Kenneth Jowitt
R625 R484 Discovery Miles 4 840 Save R141 (23%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

A hero to many, Polish writer Adam Michnik ranks among today's most fearless and persuasive public figures. His imprisonment by Poland's military regime in the 1980s did nothing to quench his outpouring of writings, many of which were published in English as "Letters from Prison," Beginning where that volume ended, "Letters from Freedom" finds Michnik briefly in prison at the height of the "cold civil war" between authorities and citizens in Poland, then released. Through his continuing essays, articles, and interviews, the reader can follow all the momentous changes of the last decade in Poland and East-Central Europe. Some of the writings have appeared in English in various publications; most are translated here for the first time.
Michnik is never detached. His belief that people can get what they want without hatred and violence has always translated into action, and his actions, particularly the activity of writing, have required his contemporaries to think seriously about what it is they want. His commitment to freedom is absolute, but neither wild-eyed nor humorless; with a characteristic combination of idealism and pragmatism, Michnik says, "In the end, politics is the art of foreseeing and implementing the possible."
Michnik's blend of conviction and political acumen is perhaps most vividly revealed in the interviews transcribed in the book, whether he is the subject of the interview or is conducting a conversation with Czeslaw Milosz, Vaclav Havel, or Wojciech Jaruzelski. These face-to-face exchanges tell more about the forces at work in contemporary Eastern Europe than could any textbook. Sharing Michnik's intellectual journey through a tumultuous era, we touch on allthe subjects important to him in this wide-ranging collection and find they have importance for everyone who values conscience and responsibility. In the words of Jonathan Schell, "Michnik is one of those who bring honor to the last two decades of the twentieth century."

We Are Syrians - Three Generations. Three Dissidents (Paperback): Naila Al-Atrash, Radwan Ziadeh, Sana Mustafa We Are Syrians - Three Generations. Three Dissidents (Paperback)
Naila Al-Atrash, Radwan Ziadeh, Sana Mustafa; Edited by Adam Braver, Deveuve Abby
R355 R326 Discovery Miles 3 260 Save R29 (8%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Cinema, Law, and the State in Asia (Hardcover, 2007 ed.): Corey K. Creekmur, Mark Sidel Cinema, Law, and the State in Asia (Hardcover, 2007 ed.)
Corey K. Creekmur, Mark Sidel
R2,178 Discovery Miles 21 780 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

This book crosses the conventional border between the analysis of on-screen and off-screen intersections of law and cinema. It not only addresses the representation of law on screen (for example, through discussions of how lawyers, police, and prisons are depicted, or how courtroom sequences function as narratives), but also focuses on how the state shapes and regulates cinema. The volume addresses the distinct contexts of China, India, Japan, Korea, the Philippines, and Vietnam, along with an integrative introduction that puts the essays and themes into context for scholars and students alike.

The Origins of Liberty - Political and Economic Liberalization in the Modern World (Paperback, New): Paul W. Drake, Mathew D.... The Origins of Liberty - Political and Economic Liberalization in the Modern World (Paperback, New)
Paul W. Drake, Mathew D. McCubbins
R916 R689 Discovery Miles 6 890 Save R227 (25%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Why would sovereigns ever grant political or economic liberty to their subjects? Under what conditions would rational rulers who possess ultimate authority and who seek to maximize power and wealth ever give up any of that authority? This book draws on a wide array of empirical and theoretical approaches to answer these questions, investigating both "why" sovereign powers might liberalize and "when."

The contributors to this volume argue that liberalization or democratization will only occur when those in power calculate that the expected benefits to them will exceed the costs. More specifically, rulers take five main concerns into account in their cost-benefit analysis as they decide to reinforce or relax controls: personal welfare, personal power, internal order, external order, and control over policy--particularly economic policy. The book shows that repression is a tempting first option for rulers seeking to maximize their benefits, but that liberalization becomes more attractive as a means of minimizing losses when it becomes increasingly certain that the alternatives are chaos, deposition, or even death. Chapters cover topics as diverse as the politics of seventeenth-century England and of twentieth-century Chile; why so many countries have liberalized in recent decades; and why even democratic governments see a need to reduce state power. The book makes use of formal modeling, statistical analysis, and traditional historical analysis.

The contributors are Paul Drake, Stephen Haggard, William Heller, Robert Kaufman, Phil Keefer, Brian Loveman, Mathew McCubbins, Douglass North, Ronald Rogowski, and Barry Weingast.

Freedom of Speech and Information in Global Perspective (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2017): Pekka Hallberg, Janne Virkkunen Freedom of Speech and Information in Global Perspective (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2017)
Pekka Hallberg, Janne Virkkunen
R2,481 R2,050 Discovery Miles 20 500 Save R431 (17%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This book offers a unique exploration of the current state of freedom of speech as a basic right available to everyone. The research focuses on the different development stages of the concept of freedom of speech and the use of modern indicators to depict the its treatment in different legal cultures, including the obligations under international treaties and the effects that the globalising and digitalising environment have had on it. The authors conduct a broad survey of freedom of speech around the world, from Europe over Russia and both Americas to Africa, Asia, and Australia. The aim of this survey is to identify safeguards of freedom of speech on both a national and an international level, violations and threat scenarios, and in particular challenges to freedom of speech in the digital era.

Free Speech and the State - An Unprincipled Approach (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2017): David van Mill Free Speech and the State - An Unprincipled Approach (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2017)
David van Mill
R1,367 R1,224 Discovery Miles 12 240 Save R143 (10%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This book addresses the question: "What should be the appropriate limits to free speech?" The author claims that it is the state, rather than abstract principles, that must provide the answer. The book defends a version of Hobbesian absolutism and rejects the dominant liberal idea that there is a right (human or civil) setting the boundaries of free speech. This liberal view can be known as the "principled defence of free speech", in which speech is established as a constitutional principle that has priority over the state. The author instead offers an "unprincipled approach to free speech", suggesting that the boundaries of speech must necessarily be set by the state, which in liberal democracies means through social and political contestation. The final chapter applies the argument to the topic of hate speech and argues that it is appropriate to limit such speech when it causes harm and offense. The book will be of use to students and scholars across political theory, political science, sociology, philosophy and law.

Censorship And Art (Paperback): John Galsworthy Censorship And Art (Paperback)
John Galsworthy
R306 Discovery Miles 3 060 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Having observed that there is no reason whatever for the exemption of Literature, let us now turn to the case of Art. Every picture hung in a gallery, every statue placed on a pedestal, is exposed to the public stare of a mixed company. Why, then, have we no Censorship to protect us from the possibility of encountering works that bring blushes to the cheek of the young person?

The Problem of Freedom - Race, Labor, and Politics in Jamaica and Britain, 1832-1938 (Paperback): Thomas C. Holt The Problem of Freedom - Race, Labor, and Politics in Jamaica and Britain, 1832-1938 (Paperback)
Thomas C. Holt
R611 R530 Discovery Miles 5 300 Save R81 (13%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

"A spirited and absorbing history of emancipation, oppression, and rebellion in the British empire."--C. Vann Woodward. "Holt greatly extends and deepens our understanding of the emancipation experience when, for just over a century, the people of Jamaica struggled to achieve their own vision of freedom and autonomy against powerful conservative forces."--David Barry Gaspar.

Webster's New World American Words of Freedom (Paperback): Stephen F. Rohde Webster's New World American Words of Freedom (Paperback)
Stephen F. Rohde
R256 R210 Discovery Miles 2 100 Save R46 (18%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Webster's New World American Words of Freedom features the complete text of and expert commentary on the documents that define democracy and frame freedom -- including the Declaration of Independence, The U.S. Constitution, The Bill of Rights and subsequent constitutional amendments. The helpful glossary of terms throughout the book enables you to understand and appreciate every word. Plus, you'll also find the text of and commentary on President George W. Bush's emotionally charged September 20, 2001 speech!

Wikipedia and the Politics of Openness (Paperback): Nathaniel Tkacz Wikipedia and the Politics of Openness (Paperback)
Nathaniel Tkacz
R437 R413 Discovery Miles 4 130 Save R24 (5%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Few virtues are as celebrated in contemporary culture as openness. Rooted in software culture and carrying more than a whiff of Silicon Valley technical utopianism, openness--of decision-making, data, and organizational structure--is seen as the cure for many problems in politics and business.
But what does openness mean, and what would a political theory of openness look like? With "Wikipedia and the Politics of Openness," Nathaniel Tkacz uses Wikipedia, the most prominent product of open organization, to analyze the theory and politics of openness in practice--and to break its spell. Through discussions of edit wars, article deletion policies, user access levels, and more, Tkacz enables us to see how the key concepts of openness--including collaboration, ad-hocracy, and the splitting of contested projects through "forking"--play out in reality.
The resulting book is the richest critical analysis of openness to date, one that roots media theory in messy reality and thereby helps us move beyond the vaporware promises of digital utopians and take the first steps toward truly understanding what openness does, and does not, have to offer.

Bullets and Bulletins - Media and Politics in the Wake of the Arab Uprisings (Paperback): Mohamed Zayani, Suzi Mirgani Bullets and Bulletins - Media and Politics in the Wake of the Arab Uprisings (Paperback)
Mohamed Zayani, Suzi Mirgani
R762 Discovery Miles 7 620 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
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