I was able to present a paper on the Fifth Estate at the 2008 meeting of the Association of Internet Researchers in Cophenhagen, and found that it appeared to be getting an audience. There is a useful summary of the session, with an overview of my argument on Snurblog under the topic of ‘Citizen and Hyperlocal Journalism as the 5th Estate‘.I think this is a good overview, but I would want the Fifth Estate to be seen as a form of social accountability that stretches beyond journalism to hold all sorts of institutions more accountable.
William H. Dutton (B.A. University of Missouri; M.A., PhD. SUNYBuffalo, 1974) is Professor of Internet Studies, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, and Fellow of Balliol College.