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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.

Democracy and Cyberspace: A Peek into the Future
Democracy and cyberspace: A peek into the future

This book has scrutinized many claims for the transformative power of the Internet. This chapter sorts out the reasonable predictions from the unreasonable. The Internet provides a fascinating new field for political scientists to study, but judgment must be applied in evaluating the claims that have been made for it. The Net will affect our daily lives, but we cannot endorse claims about the future that amount to little more than wishful thinking. Our scholarly conscience and experience forbid us from accepting all the hype about the great potential for the Internet to change our very being. Although both of us read science fiction on occasion, neither of us writes ...

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