Looking back at my first blog post, I defined civic media as:
Civic media is any use of a medium that empowers a community to engage within and beyond the people, places, and problems of their community.
I then explained what I meant by a medium, a community, engagement, people, places, and problems. (I realize that I didn't describe what I meant by empower though!) I still stand by this definition, but I believe this class enriched it across many dimensions and contexts. For example, I enjoyed learning about the many ways people expressed engagement, from traditional forms such as protests to DDOS attacks by Anonymous.