- Copertina flessibile: 198 pagine
- Editore: Polity Pr; 1 edizione (6 gennaio 2012)
- Lingua: Inglese
- ISBN-10: 0745659764
- ISBN-13: 978-0745659763
- Peso di spedizione: 259 g
- Posizione nella classifica Bestseller di Amazon: n. 558.152 in Libri in altre lingue (Visualizza i Top 100 nella categoria Libri in altre lingue)
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WikiLeaks: News in the Networked Era (Inglese) Copertina flessibile – 6 gen 2012
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"A well-written and interesting account of WikiLeaks' history"
Discourse and Communication
"An incisive overview of the Wikileaks saga and its implications."
"An excellent systematic documentation on the history of WikiLeaks and the controversial role of the founder."
"Would be an excellent text to assign in courses on journalism. It comes highly recommended, since it is full of insight, is easy to navigate and makes compelling arguments."
Central European Journal of International and Security Studies
"A cool-headed, astute analysis of the social, political and technological context in which the now infamous website was formed."
Engineering and Technology
"This excellent study is a fascinating insight into WikiLeaks and is the first bookt o examine this new phenomenon of the age."
"In this terrific book, Charlie Beckett with James Ball weave the disparate threads of Julian Assange and WikiLeaks - the future of journalism, of statecraft, of secrecy - into a readable and compelling narrative. Essential for anyone interested in the future of free speech or global politics."
Clay Shirky, New York University
"A fascinating insight into Wikileaks, and what its version of transparency means for the ethics, focus and newly emerging forms of journalism in our time. Beckett and Ball have produced a book that combines timeliness with significance in its examination of the implications of Wikileaks for journalism."
David A L Levy, University of Oxford
"Essential reading for anyone who wants to understand one of the biggest revolutions for journalism, whistleblowing and freedom of information."
Jo Glanville, Editor, Index on Censorship
Charlie Beckett is Director of POLIS at the London School of Economics.
James Ball is a journalist with The Guardian and visiting lecturer at City University, London.
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Beckett begins by declaring that "WikiLeaks is the most powerful journalism phenomenon to emerge in the digital era." "It is a prototype for the shift from a closely linear structure to a more open, networked and collaborative process." One of the book's flaws is that it never really proves that thesis. As a consumer of journalism, I haven't noticed any seismic shift in the relationship between journalist and consumer. Charlie Beckett's ideas are interesting to the extent that they represent a journalist's, and perhaps even an industry's, perspective on the WikiLeaks phenomenon, but they are speculative. He correctly points out that Julian Assange is "quite a conventional media idealist", which has served Assange poorly. It serves Beckett poorly too; he paints too rosy picture of journalists.
The book is organized into four parts, each of which present a different topic, followed by the authors' interpretation of WikiLeaks' significance in that context. "What was new about WikiLeaks?" traces the organization's early history, when it fit a "classic definition of alternative media." "The Afghan War Logs, Iraq War Logs, and the Embassy Cables" release relied on formal partnerships with media organizations, and the authors emphasize on how different media organizations worked with WikiLeaks. "WikiLeaks and the future of journalism" covers, somewhat partially, the breakdown of WikiLeaks' relationships with news organizations and its role in the battle for an open internet. "Social medias as disruptive journalism" gives social media too much credit in the so-called "Arab Spring".
It is difficult to know how to rate "WikiLeaks: News in the Networked Era". Those who have followed the WikiLeaks saga closely will find some new ideas here that merit discussion. I found there was too little of it, however. There is no attempt to be rigorous or to delve deeply into any topic. Beckett is concerned with presenting ideas, not with exploring them. The writing style seems aimed at dull 12-year-olds. And there are too many errors: WikiLeaks has not been around for a decade (p. 2). "Underground" was not written in 2001 (p. 17). The threat reports from the Afghan War Logs were never published (p. 53). Egyptian activist Wael Ghonim worked for Google, not Facebook (p. 140). I could go on. Better editing and more depth would have made this a better book.
Beckett and Ball's greatest contribution in this book is in placing WikiLeaks' contribution to journalism in the context of the emergence of networked journalism as a challenge to traditional professional journalism. Others have also made this connection (most prominently Yochai Benkler), but this book is the most thorough treatment of issue I've seen. The authors go beyond the specifics of the WikiLeaks story to set it against the backdrop of hacktivism, advocacy journalism by NGOs, foundation-supported nonprofit journalism, and other emerging concepts in journalism to show how WikiLeaks relates to each of them and how it brings something new to journalism that the others don't.
The authors provide a thoughtful assessment of several dimensions of WikiLeaks' relationship to journalism - how it challenges the traditional system, what WikiLeaks' journalistic obligations are and whether it lives up to them, and whether WikiLeaks is viable as a journalistic model. They're generally supportive of WikiLeaks (Ball used to be associated with the group), but they're not reluctant to criticize WikiLeaks and Assange when necessary.
The discussion ranges a bit far afield when it dips into the role of social media in the Arab Spring (which really needs its own book to analyze in any substantive way), but overall, this is a fair, thoughtful, and thorough analysis of how WikiLeaks fits into the continually changing world of news. Other (more hastily produced) books on WikiLeaks touch on this issue only superficially, but this book takes the time to give it the full consideration it deserves.