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A Study of New Communication Technologies and Civic Engagement : A Time to Reconceptualize the Research Constructs?

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The paper reviews current literature on the impact of communication media on civic engagement. Studies examining the impact of television, telephone and the Internet are examined and critiqued. Special emphasis is placed on inadequacies of the Internet (or the Web) as a research construct in social sciences, and new five-factor model of communication media is proposed. According to the model, there are five basic dimensions to any communication technology: interactivity, directionality, mode, latency and capacity. The paper also proposes a reconceptualization of the social capital construct and introduces a network model of social capital for the information era. The models are then discussed in relation to a new communication policy initiative by the Aspen Institute that uses technical layers of a communication system as bases for regulatory action in the age of media convergence and transition to an IP environment.

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Skoric, Marko. "A Study of New Communication Technologies and Civic Engagement : A Time to Reconceptualize the Research Constructs?" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Marriott Hotel, San Diego, CA, May 27, 2003 <Not Available>. 2009-05-26 <http://www.allacademic.com/meta/p111442_index.html>

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Skoric, M. M. , 2003-05-27 "A Study of New Communication Technologies and Civic Engagement : A Time to Reconceptualize the Research Constructs?" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Marriott Hotel, San Diego, CA Online <.PDF>. 2009-05-26 from http://www.allacademic.com/meta/p111442_index.html

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Abstract: The paper reviews current literature on the impact of communication media on civic engagement. Studies examining the impact of television, telephone and the Internet are examined and critiqued. Special emphasis is placed on inadequacies of the Internet (or the Web) as a research construct in social sciences, and new five-factor model of communication media is proposed. According to the model, there are five basic dimensions to any communication technology: interactivity, directionality, mode, latency and capacity. The paper also proposes a reconceptualization of the social capital construct and introduces a network model of social capital for the information era. The models are then discussed in relation to a new communication policy initiative by the Aspen Institute that uses technical layers of a communication system as bases for regulatory action in the age of media convergence and transition to an IP environment.

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Introduction Last two hundred years have been marked by an unprecedented progress in science and technology with new scientific inventions being more readily applied in military and commercial domains than ever before in history. Rapid industrialization of the Western world was followed by proliferation of communication technologies including steam-driven cylindrical press film radio and television that gave birth to the concepts of the mass media and the mass audience. The arrival of any new mass communication technology was hailed
of American Civic Life.” In Skocpol Theda and Morris P. Fiorina (eds). Civic engagement in American democracy. Washington D.C.: Brookings Institution Press. Skocpol Theda and Morris P. Fiorina. 1999. “Making Sense of the Civic Engagement Debate.” In Skocpol Theda and Morris P. Fiorina (eds). Civic engagement in American democracy. Washington D.C.: Brookings Institution Press. Sunstein Cass 2001. Republic.com. Princeton: Princeton University Press. Tewksbury David Andrew J. Weaver and Brett D. Maddex (2001). “Accidentally Informed: Incidental News Exposure on the


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