<img alt="2012-11-05-electionbannerreal.jpg" src="http://images.huffingtonpost.com/2012-11-05-electionbannerreal.jpg" width="300" height="70" /> Though image politics is still very much with us, we are entering a third age of democratic politics as a result of the 24-hour cable news cycle, social networking, YouTube, Twitter, mass apathy and at least in the American case, the archaic electoral college system. As a result of all this we get meta-politics, image politics taken to its absolute degree.
Adjunct Professor, University of Western Ontario
Doug Mann is adjunct professor in the faculty of information and media studies at the University of Western Ontario. He specializes in popular culture, culture studies, technology and communications theory, science fiction, comics, and philosophy, and his work has appeared in <em>Dialogue: The Canadian Philosophical Review</em>, the <em>Ottawa Citizen</em>, the <em>Calgary Herald</em>, <em>Saturday Night</em>, and many other publications. <br> <br> The second edition of Mann's book <em>Understanding Society: A Survey of Modern Social Theory</em> (Oxford University Press) was published in September 2010 and is the only major text on modern social theory in print in Canada. He is also working on essays that will interpret comics and graphic novels in philosophical and political terms in connection with the lectures that he is currently writing.
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