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Politics and New Media
Politics and new media
Sara Bentivegna

Recent developments in the 2000 United States presidential campaigns, including the first application of electronic voting in the Arizona Democratic primaries and the success of fundraising via the Internet, have relaunched the issue of new media's role in the political decision-making process. The key question confronting political leaders, commentators and scholars is once again the democratic character widely attributed to the new communication technologies, in so far as these are believed capable of modifying long-established systems and balances. It has been said, with varying degrees of conviction, that the diffusion of the new media,1 especially the Internet, can transform the now devitalized relationship between political bodies and the citizenry they represent and govern. A transformation of ...

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