This chapter focuses chiefly on the networked citizen ideal. It clarifies the concept and positions it within the wider framework of the book. The chapter argues that in a world where politics is increasingly dependent on digital communication media, what defines citizens is to be connected, networked with both each other and the communication galaxy that surrounds them. After defining what does the term networked mean in the context of the book, the chapter makes clear that the networked citizen at the centre of this book is as an ideal-type, an abstract model, that can help us make sense of the way in which some people engage in politics in today’s networked world.
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