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.

Elected Officials and Government Bureaucracy in Cyberspace

Elected officials and government bureaucracy in cyberspace

One of the authors had a part-time job during his junior year of high school looking up tax records for his uncle, a suburban real estate developer. He spent Saturday mornings in a dimly lit records room of the Cook County courthouse, where he sat at long tables with other researchers, poring over and copying information from the large public ledgers. (The room closed at noon on Saturdays and 4:45 p.m. on weekdays, too early to make a trip downtown worthwhile after school.) A few years later, as an Oberlin College student council representative, he put this experience to use to dig through similar books of the town's court records for citations ...

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