Asia Institute seminar in cooperation with Korea IT Times
In 2016, Seungahn Nah and Deborah S. Chung discussed a “coexistence mechanism by which citizen journalism competes, collaborates, coordinates, and compromises with professional journalism through communicative action, such as mutual understanding, reason-based discussion, and consensus building” in International Journal of Communication. They analyzed OhmyNews Media in South Korea. Andearlier, Emanuel Pastreich, had written an article for the Hankyeoreh on a Constitution of Information where he states “We must come to terms with the current information revolution and take the first steps to form global institutions that will assure that our society, and our governments, can continue to function through this chaotic and disconcerting period.” In this discussion, I talk with Emanuel Pastreich about a Constitution of Information and how we are to come to some kind of intelligibility about the world today given technological disruption of smartphones and social media. What role can citizens as Netizens play in a democratic system?
Emanuel Pastreich, PhD is an East Asian scholar who is the director of the Asia Institute, Washington, D.C./Seoul and a former Humanitas Professor at Kyung Hee University in Seoul. Layne Hartsell, MSc, PhD is a board member at the Korea IT Times and is a research professor at the Asia Institute, Berlin/Tokyo in energy, economy, environment (3E) and at the Center for Science, Technology, and Society, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok.