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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.

Gambling on the Internet: A Case Study in the Politics of Regulation
Gambling on the internet: A case study in the politics of regulation

Because cyberspace has lost its special character as a space insulated from the economic and political forces dominating civil society, its normalization has meant that eager entrepreneurs as well as established corporate interests have helped to transform it into prime commercial real estate. As it has become a place for doing business, so government inevitably has been drawn in. In Chapter 6, we saw that politicians have eyed cyberspace as a lucrative source for new tax revenues but have been restrained so far by the fear that they might thwart the future growth of electronic commerce. Business and government have worked together ...

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