Dave Karpf: Reinvigorating the Role of Media to Educate and Engage Citizens #keynote

Dave Karpf was one of our keynote-speaker at the CeDEM17 at the Danube University Krems in May 2017. We summarized and reflected his keynote.


Reinvigorating the Role of Media to Educate and Engage Citizens

Dave Karpfs “The promises and Pitfalls of Digital Listening: Analytic Activism in 2017” pointed out in his keynote that digital politics include new forms of “speech”, but also new forms of “listening”.

Dave Karpfs “The promises and Pitfalls of Digital Listening: Analytic Activism in 2017” pointed out in his keynote that digital politics include new forms of “speech”, but also new forms of “listening”. He further pointed about “listening on data”, which is used to analyse the influence on media. This digital listening described by David Karpf shows the need of a new political strategy: Analytical Activism!

In his view digital politics need to use digital tools for monitoring and inventing media and content strategies. He presented also parts of his book, where he explores the inner workings of organizations like Change.org and Upworthy.com. What are the trends that were discovered and summarized in literature, The main trends were: first the focus on clicktivism and second on the celebration of viral social media movements.

He also criticized the “siren song” of the populist demagogues, for example, that governance, politics and social problems are simple.


Dave Karpf is associate professor and director of graduate studies at the George Washington University School of Media & Public Affairs. His primary research focus is on how the internet is changing civil society organizations and large-scale movements for political change. He is the author of The MoveOn Effect: The Unexpected Transformation of American Political Advocacy (Oxford University Press, 2012) and Analytic Activism: Digital Listening and the New Political Strategy (Oxford University Press, 2016). He also writes about technology, politics, and strategy for a wide range of outlets.

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CeDEM Keynotes-Review CeDEM17

  1. Prof. Dr. Ines Mergel — Digital Transformation: The case of government start-ups
  2. Todd O‘Boyle — Digital Tools and Digital Democracy: US Cities and Civil Society in 2017
  3. Keren Flavell — Reinvigorating the Role of Media to Educate and Engage Citizens
  4. Dave Karpf — The Promises and Pitfalls of Digital Listening: Analytic Activism in 2017 and Beyond

Download: Review CeDEM17 PDF
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