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Cosmonational Digital Public Sphere

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Abstract

This chapter investigates the role of information technology in the making and functioning of the cosmonation through interrogating the experiences of groups such as Italian Americans, Croatian Americans, and Armenian Americans and by focusing on various digital outlets, including print media, online television, radio, telephone, and the Internet, in order to show various ways information technology (IT) has contributed to the process. The discussion is framed within the context of the debate on the public sphere and the literature on diaspora and IT, the so-called digital diaspora. The digitalization of crossborder practices provides a way to explain the use of specific digital outlets. This chapter also shows how certain factors such as literacy, access to the Internet, and ownership of cell phones can facilitate or hamper linkages among sites, the frequency of connections, and the operability of the cosmonation as a crossborder network of sites.

Keywords

Public Sphere Television Program Virtual Communication Immigrant Community Digital Nation 
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© Michel S. Laguerre 2016

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.UC BerkeleyBerkeleyUSA

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