chapter  8
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The Democratic (Media) Revolution: A Parallel Genealogy of Political and Media Participation


Participation is a central thematic within theories of democracy and points to questions of citizens’ inclusion in the dynamics of decision-making. The concept has a long history, with differing infl ections, not only in a wide variety of academic fi elds, but also in an equally wide variety of social practices. Certainly there are trajectories, even within versions of democratic theory, that downplay civic engagement, such as various elitist models. We, however, align ourselves with the republican trajectories of democracy that underscore the importance and benefi ts of participation for both the system itself as well as for individual citizens.