New Media, New Politics

  • Pauline Pooi Yin Leong


This chapter seeks to explore the developing online media environment and its ramifications on the political situation in Malaysia. It also aims to examine the benefits and disadvantages of e-democracy as well as the role of new media in initiating and sparking the growth of grassroots civil society activism. Another consequence of the proliferation of new media in the public sphere is the appearance of propaganda in the form of “fake” or “alternative” news, which has caused confusion among the online audience, who do not have sufficient media literacy to authenticate the information they receive.


Technological Determinism Social Constructionism Digital Divide Equalisation Theory Normalisation Theory Political Movements Fake News Media Literacy 


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