Talking Politics and Snowballing Values: How Online Journalism Connects Innovation with the Political Process in Consolidating Democracies

Dr. Minha Kim & Minje Yang, Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul, South Korea

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The present study explores how online journalism connects innovation with the political process in consolidating democracies by investigating the case of South Korea, an emerging society and leading IT country. Focus is given to the two aspects of innovation journalism, which are online deliberation and cyberculture of postmaterialism. This paper attempts a theoretical speculation of this value-seeking political participation in order to respond to the question of how innovation renders political value drive citizen participation in public life.

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