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Ronald E. Rice & James E. Katz

In: Society Online: The Internet in Context

Chapter 7: The Internet and Political Involvement in 1996 and 2000

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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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