Democracy Online - Pushing the limits or creating a new frontier (Video Blog Post)
There’s no doubt that the Internet is having an impact on political discourse in Canada and around the world. In this 12 minute speech recently made in Montreal, I challenge some generally accepted assumptions. My sense is that the Internet is at this point more of a transactional than a transformative agent of change.
See the video of my remarks in Montreal (12 minutes).
Even with the advent of the Internet over the past decade and the proliferation of online political blogs and discourse, voter turnout in Canada has not significantly improved. However, the Internet impact on the media, on fundraising, on discourse among the very politically engaged has been signficant.
My conclusion is that the jury is out. The Internet is rewiring our democracy - it doesn’t necessarily mean the dialogue is improving or that democracy will be strengthened. At this point we can only point to change and not know where the Internet political journey will take us.
What do you think of the impact of the Internet on democracy?
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