This thesis explores the “theories of change” that inform institutional investments in documentary and examines how three public interest media organizations – the National Film Board of Canada, POV and the New York Times – are approaching interactive documentary production, attempting to define what constitutes success or impact.
New technologies and media systems have been deployed for new distributions of power, knowledge and social organization. How can we cultivate and empower a critical citizenry?
My role in the Civic Engagement project was writing a case study about an online debacle popularly referred to as “RaceFail ’09”.
The current generation of young citizens is growing up in an age of unprecedented access to information. Will this change their understanding of democracy? What factors will shape their involvement in the political process?