The Power of Large-Scale Interactions Through Information Technologies and Changes in Cultural Identity Politics
Large-scale and dense communicative interactions among multiple actors are creating new and shared understandings in global politics that require re-conceptualizing power. The existing ‘instrumental’ conceptions of power explain the constraining or expanding influence of technologies on global actors, but underestimate the role of communication in these politics. However, information and communication technologies are both products of human agency to communicate and, in turn, intensify these communications. The current debates on cultural identity are taken as an exemplar of the new meanings that arise in global politics as a result of the intense and large-scale communicative interactions. National identity is not replaced but supplemented with other forms of cultural identity in a networked world. The concept of meta-power captures the emergence of these new meanings that information and communication technologies facilitate.
KeywordsPower Meta-power Communication Transformation Interactivity Cultural identity Global actors
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