by Alinta Thornton
the internet create or contribute to democracy, by revitalising the public
relate the US internet and democracy debate to American communications
theory, starting with Howard Rheingold.
also explore some European theory, including Habermas, and then I discuss
whether the Internet really will create democracy in practice.
I've added a new section on the conclusion page: Internet
and mobiles - new communication.
my thesis in 2002, mainly because I was preparing a shorter updated version
for the journal Ecquid Novi. This has been published in Ecquid
Novi Vol 22(2) 2001
at p 126.
contains the full updated paper, or you can download it.
original thesis was written in 1996. The full thesis (24,000 words) is
still available here:
Books of interest
Civic Web: Online Politics and Democratic Values, Anderson, Cornfield
and Arterton, 2002. Political web sites
and e-mail lists ...will [by 2004] be a part of every electoral and
policy campaign. ...Leading scholars from several academic disciplines
join pioneer practitioners of online advocacy, discussion, and law
in considering how the Internet can host, and even advance, enlightened
self-government by a free people in a constitutional republic."
control: freedom of the press in Asia, Roland Rich 2000, Asia
Pacific Press. "A combination of new
technology and greater democracy is breaking the shackles that once
constrained the press in Asia."
Electronic Democracy : Using the Internet to Influence
by Graeme Browning, Daniel J. Weitzner, "There are so many authors
out there proclaiming the internet to be the salvation of democracy
that Browning is a voice of moderation. I would recommend this book
as your starting point for internet activism."
- E.Con : How the Internet Undermines Democracy by Donald
Gutstein. "Despite chapter headings related to Canada, the public
sector, and the Internet, this book powerfully debates global issues
on personal freedom and intellectual property rights."
by Cass R. Sunstein. "Republic.com exposes the drawbacks of egocentric
Internet use, while showing us how to approach the Internet as responsible
citizens, not just concerned consumers. Democracy, Sunstein maintains,
depends on shared experiences and requires citizens to be exposed
to topics and ideas that they would not have chosen in advance."
Development, and Democracy : International Conflict and Cooperation
in the Information Age
by Juliann Emmons Allison (Editor). "Theoretical perspectives
and empirical analyses for understanding the impact of the communications
revolution on international security, the world political economy,
human rights, and gender relations. Internet technologies are evaluated
as sources of change or continuity, and as contributors to either
conflict or cooperation among nations."
Democracy in the Information Age
by Elaine Ciulla Kamarck (Editor), Joseph S., Jr. Nye (Editor). "Explores
the ways in which the information revolution is changing our institutions
of governance. Contributors examine the impact of technology on our
basic institutions and processes of governance, including representation,
community, politics, bureaucracy, and sovereignty. Their essays illuminate
many of the promises and challenges of twenty-first century government."
I'd love to hear your comments - please drop me a line
and I'll publish it on the "your say" page (unless you ask
me not to).
MA in Journalism
University of Technology, Sydney
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