Civic participation and interactive documentaries: a contribution to the open government model

Cortés-Selva, Laura and Pérez-Escolar, Marta Civic participation and interactive documentaries: a contribution to the open government model. El profesional de la información, 2016, vol. 25, n. 4, pp. 578-587. [Journal article (Paginated)]

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English abstract

This research introduces the marriage between interactive documentaries (i-docs) and politics as an opportunity to motivate new civic participation and expression in the political sphere. The main objective of this study is to identify the different degrees of civic participation that i-docs permit and to setup a classification according to these levels of engagement. In order to achieve the main objective, this research has analyzed a group of documentaries using a mixture of Gaudenzi, Gifreu-Castells, and Nash methodology. The results show that it is possible to find a parallel between the closed mode and the Orwellian model; the semi-closed mode and the Tokenism model; the semi-opened mode and the playful model; and between the opened mode and the Athenian model. However, only the opened mode, used in the Global lives documentary, offers a real experience that symbolizes the purest representation of an open government system.

Spanish abstract

Participación ciudadana y documentales interactivos: una contribución al modelo del gobierno abierto. Esta investigación presenta el maridaje entre i-docs y la política como una oportunidad para motivar la participación ciudadana en la esfera política. El principal objetivo de este estudio es identificar los grados de participación ciudadana que permiten los i-docs y establecer una clasificación según esos niveles de implicación cívica. Para ello, esta investigación ha analizado un conjunto de documentales utilizando la metodología propuesta por Gaudenzi, Gifreu-Castells y Nash. Los resultados muestran que existe un paralelismo entre el modelo cerrado y el paradigma orwelliano; el modelo semi-cerrado y el paradigma de la cortina de humo o Tokenism; el modelo semi-abierto y el paradigma solaz y entre el modelo abierto y el paradigma ateniense. Sin embargo, sólo el modelo abierto, como ocurre en el documental Global lives, ofrece una experiencia real que simboliza la más pura representación de la filosofía del gobierno abierto u open government.

Item type: Journal article (Paginated)
Keywords: Participation; Documentaries; I-docs; Webdocs; Interactive documentaries; Open government; Civic engagement; Politics; Participación; Documentales; I-docs; Webdocs; Documentales interactivos; Gobierno abierto, Implicación ciudadana; Política.
Subjects: B. Information use and sociology of information
B. Information use and sociology of information > BA. Use and impact of information.
B. Information use and sociology of information > BC. Information in society.
B. Information use and sociology of information > BF. Information policy
H. Information sources, supports, channels. > HH. Audio-visual, Multimedia.
H. Information sources, supports, channels. > HT. Web 2.0, Social networks
Depositing user: Pilar Combarro-Felpeto
Date deposited: 16 Nov 2016 12:08
Last modified: 16 Nov 2016 12:08
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10760/30312

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