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Overview

Is the Internet poised to replace television as the central means of political communication? Will the advent of computer communication create a new era of citizen activism? Will the Internet ultimately lend itself more to political accountability and access or to exclusion and extremism? Is cyberspace truly the domain of the ideological right? In answering these questions, Cyberpolitics goes beyond the hype to analyze the content of political discussion on the Internet and to see how the Internet is being used politically. Empirical research translated into dozens of graphically compelling figures and tables illuminates for the first time Internet characteristics heretofore only speculated about: Who are the 'cybercitizens' using the Internet, how do they participate in the political process, and who uses the Internet most effectively to accomplish political ends? The bottom line the authors reach should be reassuring to Internet utopians and dystopians alike: As the Internet grows, it will change the nature of political action, discourse, and effect less than it will itself be changed by politics. Along the way, we learn a lot about politics on the Internet and off_in the U.S. and around the world; left, right, and center.

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Editorial Reviews

Communication Book Notes Quarterly
Superb analysis of the mechanisms by computer mediated communication (CMC). . . . Hill and Hughes are clear, lucid, and truly incisive in their remarks. Readable, lively, and utterly critical to understanding the shifting role of not just information but also of information distribution systems in traditional government. An intelligent, hard-nosed, empirically based analysis.
Perspectives On Political Science
Hill's and Hugh's initial exploration will encourage future research on the importance of 'cyberpolitics.' . . . They use a clear, nontechnical writing style to make the work accessible.
— Steven Puro, St. Louis University
Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences
Hill and Hughes rise above this speculation by providing a rich and diverse empirical study of these technologies.
International Affairs, Vol 75 No.2, April 99 - Steve Webster
The book provides analysis of some of the ideological and political differences found among Internet activities. Cyberpolitics provides a very welcome addition to the literature—with a particular strength being its grounding in empirical research.
Communication Booknotes Quarterly
Superb analysis of the mechanisms by computer mediated communication (CMC). . . . Hill and Hughes are clear, lucid, and truly incisive in their remarks. Readable, lively, and utterly critical to understanding the shifting role of not just information but also of information distribution systems in traditional government. An intelligent, hard-nosed, empirically based analysis.
Perspectives on Political Science - Steven Puro
Hill's and Hugh's initial exploration will encourage future research on the importance of 'cyberpolitics.' . . . They use a clear, nontechnical writing style to make the work accessible.
Thomas J. Johnson
This study greatly extends our knowledge of how people use the Internet by not only examining the characteristics and attitudes of the Internet user in depth but also examining the political content of Usenet newsgroups, chat rooms, and the World Wide Web. This is a valuable work for anyone researching how people use the Internet to communicate.
Steve Webster
The book provides analysis of some of the ideological and political differences found among Internet activities. "Cyberpolitics"provides a very welcome addition to the literature—-with a particular strength being its grounding in empirical research..
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780847687435
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 4/28/1998
  • Series: People, Passions, and Power Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 220
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Kevin A. Hill is assistant professor of political science at Florida International University. John E. Hughes is assistant professor of political science at Monmouth University.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Internet Leviathan Chapter 3 Internet Activists Chapter 4 Building Political Communities in Cyberspace Chapter 5 Is the Internet an Instrument of Global Democratization? Chapter 6 Instantaneous Political Discussion: America Online's Chat Rooms Chapter 7 Web Sites, Interest Groups, and Politics Chapter 8 The Internet and the Future of Political Communication

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