Democracy in the Digital Age: Challenges to Political Life in Cyberspace

Democracy in the Digital Age: Challenges to Political Life in Cyberspace

by Anthony G. Wilhelm, Wilhelm Anthony
     
 

First published in 2000. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.See more details below

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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:
01/28/2000
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile:
1620L (what's this?)

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1Cyberdemocracy'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
2Shaping 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
3Resource Requirements of Digitally Mediated Political Life48
Toward a Resource Model of Telecommunications Access50
Data52
Methods53
"Thick Description" of Teletechnology Access and Use54
Noneconomic Barriers58
The Causal Priority of Family and Education65
4Immune 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
5Virtual Sounding Boards: How Deliberative is Online Political Discussion?86
Exploratory Questions87
Why Content Analysis?90
Content Categories93
The Vast Cyberwasteland?97
Irrigating the Wasteland102
6Designer 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
7Catching 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
App. A1Logistic Regression Analysis of Home Computer Ownership159
App. A2Logistic Regression Analysis of Home Modem Ownership160
App. A3Logistic Regression Analysis of Digitally Mediated Political Engagement161
App. BList of (Self-Identified) Political Usenet and AOL Forums162
References163
Index177

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