How to Flatten the Power Pyramid

I find it rather imperative to give my two cents on clarifying Dr. Waisbord’s mention that theories of development communication have been generally segmented by focusing on informing the population versus ameliorating power inequalities. But it’s not a “versus” thing. You can’t compress a power pyramid without cultivating the foundation through education, and as a […]

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Communism: A Manipulative Narrative

2) What sorts of domestic “strategic narratives” do you think constrain the current administration in terms of foreign policy options and indeed, what the President can say about US foreign policy moving forward? In regards to foreign policy and relations there are few messages that have been more dogmatically asserted by the United States government […]

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Connectivity and Internet Literacy Are Not Linear

2) A thought-provoking (and related question): Should there be some form of internet technology and governance literacy? Given how central the internet is as a platform for politics, cultural, and social life – does the Internet require a different kind of citizenship responsibility? The topic of internet literacy has been on my mind since I […]

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Disclosure via GUI to the Covert Net Collectors

DeNardis describes Internet architecture as “arrangements of power.” What does she mean by this (and by extension, what does she mean by “architecture”)? In “The Global War for Internet Governance.” I found the connection Laura DeNardis made about the structure of the internet being a behind the scenes foundation built on political preferences and a […]

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Industrial Complexi & the Implications on Wheel Spinners

  Powers and Jablonski are clearly concerned about the Information Industrial Complex and its effects on the governance of the Internet. What do you think is the biggest critical concern, given their coverage of government involvement, economic implications, and their assessment of multistakeholder governance? The whole concept of the Military Industrial Complex (MIC) is a […]

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The Spontaneous Journey of a Border Jumping Message

[“Are all Americans implanted with tracking devices,” he asked.] 1) The “global media system” seems more complicated than just the import and export of news and cultural products. What can we learn about this system from the presence of “informal” flows of media? The concept of the “global media system” is indeed so very “complicated” […]

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One loophole of info with a little propaganda to go, please.

Do you think the globalization of communication flows has, perhaps counter-intuitively, prompted the *increased* relevance of the nation-state as international actor? Or, do you think that efforts to control or defend information sovereignty are ultimately doomed to fail? The dictatorial censorship of information is undoubtedly doomed to crumble. But there are a lot of mallets […]

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Think about what you don’t know … if you can.

For Powers and Jablonksi, what are the key tensions underscoring U.S. information policy? It is imperative to take a moment and fathom the immense impact information has on your life… (No, stop reading. Take a reflect sec.) And, despite your smirk and, “uh, no shit” reaction, did you also think about all the information being […]

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