Download PDF by Anthony G. Wilhelm: Democracy in the Digital Age: Challenges to Political Life

By Anthony G. Wilhelm

ISBN-10: 0203902505

ISBN-13: 9780203902509

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ISBN-13: 9780415924351

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ISBN-13: 9780415924368

A desirable and incisive therapy of a scorching subject. it is a philosophical exploration of the way rising info and communique applied sciences are impacting on political participation within the usa.

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This said, it must be underscored that this book is not driven by quantitative assessment; indeed, its thrust is exploratory, since the subject under investigation is shifting as we speak. The hope is to provide clarity, to shed light on the democratic potential of emerging information and communications technologies. If theoreticians and intellectuals are to serve a useful purpose in present-day society, they must interpret our brave new world, armed with strong empirical support, and not claim to stand above or apart from such study.

These tactics are learned in the process of talking, listening, and responding respectfully to fellow participants in a public space. They are perhaps never acquired by those who believe that politics exists solely to promote one’s private interests and that the sum total of private interests somehow equals or amounts to the public good. Lee Sproull and Samer Faraj (1995) examined several social Usenet groups, dealing with sex and atheism, and some of their concepts and categories serve as a basis for my own content analysis.

While postmodernists and libertarians have exalted cyber- 29 CYBERDEMOCRACY’S “TROUBLED AND FROTHY SURFACE” space as an arena in which diversity can be protected from the prejudice and conformity of mainstream society, they have yet to demonstrate how these venues will support democratic praxis in the coming years. Of course, supporting spaces in which previously assailed groups can find a protective arena in which they can explore their “experiments in living,” as John Stuart Mill might have put it, is of the highest priority, but so too is the cultivation of a public sphere that can chasten our political institutions and support practical alternatives to the status quo in advancing a progressive social agenda.

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