Dialectics and the New Media: Why Ideology Still Matters

Nikolas Defteras

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Dubbed “Citizen Media”, instruments such as ‘facebook’, ‘twitter’ and ‘blogs, the newest and most prevalent form of participatory content production and consumption, are characterized by their defenders as a democratizing and democratic form of communication. Realizing such democratic ideals as participation, inclusion, discussion and access, ‘citizen’s media’ are heralded as alternatives to the corrupted by the ill effects of corporate ownership - traditional media. Utilizing Lacanian and Marxist theory in this paper I shall examine the aforementioned position by trying to illuminate the phantasmatic framework within which the democratic ideals aforementioned and democracy itself are given meaning. Inextricable as it is to the discussion of this role, is a discussion of late capitalist liberal democracy and in particular the form of subjectivity it has produced and the idea of social justice as correlative to the aforementioned.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationArt and Social Justice: The Media Connection
EditorsMichael Hajimike
PublisherCambridge Scholars Publishing
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9781443871969
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • New Media, Ideology, Marxism, Lacan, Tahrir, Indignados

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