Democracy in the Digital Age: Challenges to Political Life in Cyberspace

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Psychology Press, Jan 1, 2000 - Computers - 184 pages
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"Democracy in the Digital Age" is a fascinating philosophical exploration of how the emerging information and communication technologies are impacting political participation in the United States. Rather than being the antidote to democratic ills, the political conversations occurring online are neither inclusive nor deliberative, suggesting that new technologies, as currently designed and used, are as much threats to progress as they are vehicles of progress. Wilhelm finds that there is often an appearance of progress, but negligible advancement of the human condition. He discusses the four features of digitally-mediated political life (resources, inclusiveness, deliberation, and design) and demonstrates the need for a strong public policy.
  

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Contents

CYBERDEMOCRACTS TROUBLED AND FROTHY SURFACE
13
SHAPING VIRTUAL CIVIC SPACES
32
RESOURCE REQUIREMENTS
48
RECONCEPTUALIZING
67
CONTENTS
73
HOW DELIBERATIVE
86
DESIGNER DEMOCRACY
105
PUBLICPOLICY
123
MEDIA CAMPAIGNS
149
Logistic Regression Analysis
159
Index
177
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Anthony G. Wilhelm is Director of Information and Communication Technology Research at the Tomás Rivera Policy Insitute, a national think tank that examines issues of concern to the Hispanic community. He also served as the Teledemocracy Project Coordinator at Claremont Graduate University's School for Politics and Economics.

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