Democracy and Media Decadence


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Cambridge University Press
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5.9 X 9.1 X 0.7 inches | 1.25 pounds

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About the Author

John Keane is Professor of Politics at the University of Sydney and at the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin and Distinguished Professor at Beijing University. His many published works include Democracy and Media Decadence (Cambridge, 2013) and When Trees Fall, Monkeys Scatter: Rethinking Democracy in China (2017).


"John Keane doesn't answer all your questions about the new media and democracy - but he makes it impossible for you to credit those who pretend to. In energetic, sometimes gripping, prose he offers indispensable conceptual tools (particularly "monitory democracy") for a fresh look at where democracy stands in an age of communicative abundance teetering on the edge of communicative decay. A brilliant work!" -Michael Schudson Professor, Columbia Journalism School
"Vanquishing received wisdom and resisting cliché, John Keane charts the transformative impact of communicative abundance. Invoking McCluhan, Derrida, Curran and others, he perceptively constructs a significant vision: an emerging "monitory democracy" dependent on new roles for media and very new relationships between media institutions, technology and society." -Monroe E. Price, Director for the Center for Global Communications Studies at the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg School for Communication, and Professor of Law, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
"With impressive intellectual breadth and rich analytic insight, John Keane's engaging new book moves us beyond conventional ways of thinking about media and democracy. Addressing key debates, his writing is, as always, accessible, compelling, and edifying." -Peter Dahlgren, Lund University