Democracy in the Digital Age: Challenges to Political Life in Cyberspace / Edition 1
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Democracy in the Digital Age: Challenges to Political Life in Cyberspace / Edition 1

Democracy in the Digital Age: Challenges to Political Life in Cyberspace / Edition 1

by Anthony G. Wilhelm, Wilhelm Anthony
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First published in 2000. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415924351
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 01/20/2000
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile: 1620L (what's this?)

About the Author

Anthony G. Wilhelm is Director of Information and Communication Technology Research at the Tomás Rivera Policy Insitute, a national think tank that examines issues of concern to the Hispanic community. He also served as the Teledemocracy Project Coordinator at Claremont Graduate University's School for Politics and Economics.

Table of Contents

1.Cyberdemocracy's "Troubled and Frothy Surface"13
Neofuturists, Dystopians, and Technorealists14
Research on the Democratic Potential of New Communications Technologies23
Beyond the Mere Smoke of Opinion29
2.Shaping Virtual Civic Spaces32
Antecedent Resources and the Threshold of Political Functioning35
Inclusiveness in Online Public Life38
Deliberation and Light-Speed Telecommunications Technologies41
Designing a Democratic Future44
3.Resource Requirements of Digitally Mediated Political Life48
Toward a Resource Model of Telecommunications Access50
"Thick Description" of Teletechnology Access and Use54
Noneconomic Barriers58
The Causal Priority of Family and Education65
4.Immune to Progress: Reconceptualizing America's Information and Telecommunications Underclass67
A Tale of Two Cities68
Expanding the Definition of Information Poverty: A Periphery-Center Model73
Data and Methods76
A New Classification of Information and Technology Poverty77
5.Virtual Sounding Boards: How Deliberative is Online Political Discussion?86
Exploratory Questions87
Why Content Analysis?90
Content Categories93
The Vast Cyberwasteland?97
Irrigating the Wasteland102
6.Designer Democracy105
Becoming Digital: The Prospects for Home-Based Cyberdemocracy106
Bypassing Poor Neighborhoods, Communities of Color, and Rural America113
Public-Access Workstations and Community Building116
Opening the Space of Flows121
7.Catching the Red Queen: Public-Policy Renovations123
The Difference Principle125
Toward Ubiquitous Deployment of Advanced Services132
Enhancing Deliberation in Online Political Forums138
Political Multicasting: An Enduring Public Trusteeship143
Conclusion: Media Campaigns and the New International149
Appendix A1Logistic Regression Analysis of Home Computer Ownership159
Appendix A2Logistic Regression Analysis of Home Modem Ownership160
Appendix A3Logistic Regression Analysis of Digitally Mediated Political Engagement161
Appendix BList of (Self-Identified) Political Usenet and AOL Forums162

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