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Within the developed world, much of society experiences political, economic, and cultural life through a set of communication technologies barely older than many citizens. Society Online: The Internet in Context examines how new media technologies have not simply diffused across society, but how they have rapidly and deeply become embedded in our organizations and institutions. Society Online is not exclusively devoted to a particular technology, or specifically the Internet, but to a range of technologies and technological possibilities labeled "new media." Rather than trying to cover every possible topic relating to new communication technologies, this unique text is organized by how these new technologies mediate the community, political, economic, personal, and global spheres of our social lives. Editors Philip N. Howard and Steve Jones explore ...

The Internet and Political Involvement in 1996 and 2000
The internet and political involvement in 1996 and 2000
Ronald E.Rice, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey
James E.Katz, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey

The internet promises to transform the nature of political participation and expression. Some say that the internet has or will become enormously beneficial for democratic processes in particular and for society in general. Others argue that the internet will be either harmful or ruinous. Another possibility— seldom considered—is that the internet will have only minimal impact (Katz & Rice, 2002). The stakes riding on the political impact of the internet are enormous. The technology could potentially affect the democratic nature of American society, the global human and natural condition, and the ability ...

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