Sources For The Meeting On New Media And Civic Engagement

Below is a list of readings related to Saguaro VIII: New Media and Civic Engagement, including either direct links or PDF downloads where available. For our official set of recommendations, please see our BetterTogether report.


Putnam, Robert. Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2000. [especially chapters 9 and 13]

Social Implication of Technology

Huysman, Marleen, and Volker Wulf (eds.). Social Capital and Information Technology (MIT Press, 2004)

Johnson, Steven. Emergence: The Connected Lives of Ants, Brains, Cities, and Software (Scribner, 2002). Very interesting, but a bit more distantly related to social capital.

Resnick, Paul. "Impersonal Sociotechnical Capital, ICTs, and Collective Action Among Strangers." In Transforming Enterprise, ed. William Dutton et al. (MIT Press 2004).

Resnick, Paul, et al. "Eliciting Informative Feedback: The Peer-Prediction Method." Management Science 51 (9), Sept. 2005, 1359-1373. On the value of reputation on Ebay.

Rheingold, Howard. Smart Mobs: The Next Social Revolution (Perseus Publishing, 2002).

Wellman, Barry, and Caroline Haythornthwaite. The Internet in Everyday Life (The Information Age) (Blackwell Publishers, 2002)

Technology and Politics

Anderson, David M., and Michael Cornfield (eds.). The Civic Web: Online Politics and Democratic Values. (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2002)

Bimber, Bruce A., and Richard Davis. Campaigning Online: The Internet in U.S. Elections. (Oxford Univ. Press, 2003)

Cornfield. Michael. Politics Moves Online: Campaigning and the Internet. (Century Foundation Press, 2004)

Davis, Richard. The Web of Politics: The Internet's Impact on the American Political System. (Oxford Univ. Press, 1999)

Davis, Steve, Larry Elin, and Grant Reeher. Click on Democracy: The Internet's Power to Change Political Apathy into Civic Action. (Westview Press, 2002)

Hill, Kevin A. and John E. Hughes. Cyberpolitics. (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 1998).

Saco, Diana. Cybering Democracy: Public Space and the Internet. (Univ. of Minnesota Press, 2002).

Trippi, Joe. The Revolution Will Not Be Televised : Democracy, the Internet, and the Overthrow of Everything. (Regan Books, 2004).

Wilhelm, Anthony G. Democracy in the Digital Age : Challenges to Political Life in Cyberspace. (Routledge, 2000).

Implications of Convergence for Media/Entertainment

Post, Tom. "The Convergence Gamble." Forbes, February 22, 1999.

Wolf, Michael J. "The Pleasure Binge." Wired, March 1999, pp. 86, 88-92.

Implications of Convergence for Citizens/Consumers

Reid, Robert H. "Real Revolution." Wired, October 10, 1997, p. 5.

Narrowcasting/Segregated Audiences

Frankel, Daniel. "Survey Says: TV Audience Segregated." Eonline, July 20, 1999.


Lawrence Lessig. The Future of Ideas: The Fate of the Commons in a Connected World (Vintage, 2002)


Civic Journalism

Rosenzweig, Jane. "Can TV Improve Us?" The American Prospect, July-August 1999.

Idea Placement

Rubin, Amy Magaro. "Using Pop Culture to Fight Teen Violence," The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 21, 1995.

Digital TV

Behrens, Steve. "Mapping the Assets: a Systematic Partner Search in Connecticut, " Current Online.

Somerset-Ward, Richard. "Strategy for Digital TV: Making Channels a Community Asset, " Current Online.


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