Power to the virtuous? Civic culture in the changing digital terrain

Hess, Kristy 2016, Power to the virtuous? Civic culture in the changing digital terrain, Journalism studies, vol. 17, no. 7, pp. 925-934, doi: 10.1080/1461670X.2016.1154796.

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Title Power to the virtuous? Civic culture in the changing digital terrain
Author(s) Hess, KristyORCID iD for Hess, Kristy orcid.org/0000-0003-3027-7492
Journal name Journalism studies
Volume number 17
Issue number 7
Start page 925
End page 934
Total pages 10
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Abingdon, Eng.
Publication date 2016
ISSN 1461-670X
Keyword(s) Bourdieu
civic culture
civic participation
civic virtue
journalism ethics
local media
media power
Social Sciences
Summary Much scholarship laments a decline in civic participation and community social capital in a changing media world. But the concept of “civicness” remains important to functioning societies across the globe. This research borrows from the cultural turn in studies of media, communication and citizenship to examine civic as culture, anchored in the practices and symbolic milieu of everyday life. As its theoretical entry point, this research paper positions civic as virtue. Drawing on scholars from Aristotle to Pierre Bourdieu, civic virtue may be understood as a perceived moral obligation to serve the common good, especially the interests of a “community” in which individuals and/or groups are connected. In particular, the research extends Bourdieu's ideas to consider news media as a powerful institution alongside the state that may claim monopoly over the manipulation of civic virtue under certain social conditions. Civic virtue offers much in discussions about media power in the digital age and its relationship to the future viability and legitimacy of news media. The research draws on exemplars from a study into digitally mediated civic participation in a rural/regional Australian context to position certain local media as “keepers” and “conferrers” of civic virtue in the social settings they serve.
Notes Issue 7 - The Future of Journalism: Risks, threats and opportunities. Guest edited by Stuart Allan, Lina Dencik and Iñaki Garcia-Blanco
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/1461670X.2016.1154796
Field of Research 200104 Media Studies
1903 Journalism And Professional Writing
2001 Communication And Media Studies
Socio Economic Objective 950204 The Media
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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