Community Media and Digital Inclusion
This civic engagement model is comprehensibly embedded in the ethos of the community media move-ment, but the role of community media, however, tends not to be recognised within state and govern-ment-led community development policies and practices, either at a local, regional or national level. The mass-communications model of social engagement predominates in civic policy development, service planning and service delivery, which often leaves participatory forms of community media as an adjunct to marketing-defined engagement. So, rather than seeing community media as a primary component of community development practice, skills development, literacies and identity expression, community de-velopment practices tend to view community media as an afterthought, or worse, as a plaything. The point that is worth making here, however, is that by Incorporating community media at the planning and service development stage of civic engagement projects, it will be possible to add a further strategic instrument to digital inclusion policy and practice that will enhance civic and social engagement more comprehensively.
Citation : Watson, R. (2018). Community Media and Digital Inclusion. Digital Inclusion Policy and Research Conference, School of the Arts, University of Liverpool, London, June 2018.
Research Group : Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility
Peer Reviewed : No
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