Some people effortlessly span seemingly irreconcilable divides, for example, by being both anti-establishment and mainstream; a leading academic and a man of the people; a commentator on technology and perhaps also a bit of a technophobe?
Stephen Coleman, Professor of Political Communication at Leeds University, is one such enigma and personally I am delighted that he has volunteered to blog for Connecting Bristol in the coming week.
Stephen Coleman has spent many years exploring and writing about the relationship between digital media and citizenship. His new book ‘The Internet and Democratic Citizenship’, written with Jay Blumer, will be published by Cambridge University Press later this year. He argues that e-democracy calls for profound cultural as well as technological changes.
Bristol’s association with Stephen began 4-5 years ago when he was Professor of e-Democracy at Oxford University. Stephen worked with us to evaluate the Local e-Democracy National Project. The series of reports that were produced caused some discussion in certain Government quarters… they have probably just about got over it by now, so over to you again Stephen…