Internet Media as a Veritable Platform for Inclusiveness and Commentary in Governance and Socio-economic Issues in Nigeria

By Ebere Nnenna Asinobi-Iroadu.

Published by The Technology Collection

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This paper examines the propensity of younger and hitherto marginalized Nigerian groups
to use the internet as a platform to participate in governance and social commentary, especially in
the face of semi-democratic institutions that tend to deny a majority of the citizenry a voice. It
highlights the repressiveness that Nigerians had hitherto suffered under successive governments.
However and most importantly, it argues that technology can break barriers and empower citizens.
The paper analyzes the potentials of internet debate and commentary to influence government
policies and accountability. It also discusses the intersection between real communities and
online communities. Finally, it posits that, the incumbent Nigerian president seems to be reaching out to the internet media community as well as recognizing internet media as a legitimate Parliament of the People by launching his political campaign on the social network Facebook.

Keywords: Technology, Internet, Social Media, Democracy and Governance, Online Communities, Real Communities, Citizens, Socio-Economic

International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, Volume 7, Issue 6, pp.29-44. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1018.854KB).

Dr. Ebere Nnenna Asinobi-Iroadu

Assistant Professor of English, University College, Abu Dhabi University, (Al Ain Campus), Al Ain, Abu Dhabi Emirate, United Arab Emirates

Ebere Asinobi-Iroadu is an Assistant Professor of English with Abu Dhabi University, United Arab Emirates. She holds a PhD in English and Literary Studies, an M.A in Literature and a B.A (ED) in Education with emphasis on teaching English. The focus of her PhD Thesis is Inter and Cross-cultural studies of Gender issues in the Writing of women of the African Diaspora (African-American and African-Caribbean). Her research interests span the field of Language, Literature, culture and Society, Communication and Technology, Children’s Literature, Media Literacy and Education. She teaches courses in Literature, Socio-linguistics, Business Communication Skills and Technical Writing, Ethics and Practice in Professions and Businesses.

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