Despite great hype and hope about how digital media and the internet could help revitalize
democracy, we have actually seen large-scale disruptions happening across entire media
industries, especially the news industry. With charges of “fake news” being increasingly
used and the evidence of social media manipulation by various state and corporate
actors, it is more important than ever to understand the convergence of technological,
social, political, and cultural forces taking place that are reshaping our media landscape
and our public sphere, and to examine what this means for the future of democracy.
Shawn McIntosh teaches digital journalism and communications at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and has worked in digital media and journalism for nearly 30 years in London, Tokyo, and New York. He is the co-author with John Pavlik of the college textbook Converging Media: A New Introduction to Mass Communication, and researches and writes about collaborative journalism and the role of digital journalism in democracy and the future of journalism in a digital world.