Communication for Governance & Accountability

I enjoyed how he discussed how there are practical ways to create citizen mobilization by inspiring and through motivation. I liked how there is a difference between the “forum movement” that tries to create a face-to-face discussion in citizen democracy. I think it is important to highlight that the growth in powerful countries has made the growth of globalization promote widely used and more advanced forms of communication. This new world of communication has created a “smaller world” which links new practical ways of face-to-face diplomacy together.

I think it is extremely important to note that we should place attention on the context surrounding civic participation. The context forms how citizens create their personal opinion from the information that they are given. Their opinions do not simply arise out of no background, rather context plays a key role in developing sentiments. The types of rule that citizens are living under dramatically effect how the public forms their opinion on a matter–certainly when the concepts are political.

A very intriguing piece to me is that the author discusses how journalists can live in a state of fear in the Democratic Republic of Congo. With threats of death, killings, torture, and capture, the nation has established a poor national brand for journalists that I argue negatively affects on public and traditional diplomacy. This limited role that media can play creates silence and gives arguably dangerous power to the government.

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