ACTIVE CITIZEN PARTICIPATION IN E-GOVERNMENT: A GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE, pp.497-509, 2012 (SSCI)
Media is an electronic circle that can create spaces for deliberation, interaction, or participation. However, media in the global age is also constructed with the effects of liberal economy that create large companies' hegemony in media. This economic circumstance creates blocks in media and prevents participation and deliberation of people. The aim of this study is to demonstrate that new media technologies can provide solutions for the problems of mass media in terms of creating rooms for active citizen participation, by providing the outlets for public to participate in. Minority groups have taken advantages of new media technology and have created Web pages to promote their interests and agenda. Turkey is an important example of this phenomenon since several minority groups have created such Web pages. One such group is the Turkish Greeks; by analyzing their Web page, istanbulrumazinligi.com, this study aims to understand their online public sphere, e-democracy, and e-deliberation.