The Internet Is Bad for Democracy


| January 3, 2003


Despite the “dangerous consensus” that has been built around the idea of the Internet and democracy, the global information network is doing more harm than good. As James Crabtree notes in Open Democracy, the Net has created an unreasonable expectation among citizens that they can have a more direct connection to the political process, while encouraging smaller, rather than larger, coalitions and narrowing the the range of information citizens receive. Democracy is meant to be a cumbersome process, Crabtree explains, and the Internet can not only hamper that process, but it can lead to individual isolation and a weaker public commons.

--Erica Sagrans

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