Civic Life Online
Learning How Digital Media Can Engage Youth
Edited by W. Lance Bennett
Young people today have grown up living
substantial portions of their lives online, seeking entertainment,
social relationships, and a place to express themselves. It is clear
that participation in online communities is important for many young
people, but less clear how this translates into civic or political
engagement. This volume examines the relationship of online action and
The contributors discuss not only how online networks might inspire
conventional political participation but also how creative uses of
digital technologies are expanding the boundaries of politics and
public issues. Do protests in gaming communities, music file sharing,
or fan petitioning of music companies constitute political behavior? Do
the communication skills and patterns of action developed in these
online activities transfer to such offline realms as voting and public
protests? Civic Life Online describes the many forms of civic life online that could predict a generation's political behavior.
Marina Umaschi Bers, Stephen Coleman, Jennifer Earl, Kirsten Foot,
Peter Levine, Kathryn C. Montgomery, Kate Raynes-Goldie, Howard
Rheingold, Alan Schussman, Luke Walker, Michael Xenos.
About the Editor
W. Lance Bennett is Ruddick C. Lawrence Professor of Communication and
Professor of Political Science at the University of Washington.