Examining the effects of the Internet on American politics, this book reveals its potential as a tool for empowering people to challenge existing power structures. However, the authors show how the American political system tends to normalize political activity, and thus the Internet's vast subversive potential could be lost, rendering it just another purveyor of ignored information.
Chapter 1: The Normalization of Cyberspace
Cyberspace is no longer a strange realm. It has become intertwined with everyday life. Millions of us now feel so at home online in cyberspace that it is hard to imagine how we got along without it. We use email to keep in touch with family, friends, and colleagues. We use the World Wide Web (WWW) to check out the weather, to read the news, to find out sports scores, to order books, and to do a thousand things as the spirit moves us. Our lives have been enriched by the Internet. We are told that a revolution is occurring, that we are now in a new era. Yet, how much has all this computer power and global ...