Ned Rossiter - Incommunicado Interviews
The Australian digital media theorist Ned Rossiter (Northern Ireland-based) comments on the rise of China and the consequences of geopolitical shifts for the future study of media. He regards the rise of civil society as a consequence of the void left by neo-liberalism, and addresses the limits of transferring central tenets of representative democracy - accountability, representativeness, transparency - to non-state actors. Furthermore, Rossiter elaborates on the crisis of civil society and the emergence of new forms of institutional articulation like the organized network. He recognises a danger in assuming that all of us in fact continue to live in the same world, especially in the context of ICT debates that revive simplistic North/South divides.