Cybering Democracy: Public Space and the Internet
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press | 2002 | ISBN 0816635404 | PDF | 326 pages | 10 MB
The Internet has been billed by some proponents as an "electronic agora" ushering in a "new Athenian age of democracy." That assertion assumes that cyberspace's virtual environment is compatible with democratic practice. But the anonymous sociality that is intrinsic to the Internet seems at odds with theories of democracy that presuppose the possibility, at least, of face-to-face meetings among citizens.