Non-government Organizations and the Internet: An Example of the Province of Eskisehir, Turkey, from a Public Relations Perspective

By Atılım Onay.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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In recent years, the term “civil society” in Turkey has been widely discussed from both an academic and social point of view. The most important reason for this is the removal, in 1980, of many limitations. Removing these restrictions on freedom allowed for Turkey’s acceptance into the Copenhagen criteria. Besides this, the Internet has been accepted as one of the most important developments of the new century. It is remarkable that there has been such a vast increase in both usage and users in Turkey. In this study, therefore, the terms Internet and civil society are interchangeable. Non-governmental organizations, operating in Eskisehir or having at least a branch in Eskişehir, were instrumental in studying websites, and analyzing their content in the context of society. The list of non-government organizations in Eskisehir was sought out by making use of “Sivil Toplumu Geliştirme Merkezi” (Center for the Developing Civil Society). The results show that despite the rapid development in Internet resources, these resources are not being used enough professionally.

Keywords: Non-government Organizations, Internet, Website, Content Analysis

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 9, Issue 7, pp.285-296. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 785.883KB).

Atılım Onay

Lecturer, Communication Sciences Faculty, Department of Public Relations and Advertising, Anadolu University, Eskişehir, Turkey

Atilim Onay was born in Antakya on 20.06.1978. He graduated from high school (Ankara Anadolu Lisesi) in 1996 and then joined the Communication Sciences Faculty, Department of Advertising and Public Relations at Anadolu University. He received his Master’s degree in 2004 and his PhD in 2011. He has been working at the Communication Sciences Faculty at Anadolu Univesity since 2001. His research interests inlcude advertising and audiences, reception studies, communication theories, and public relations.

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