The Internet Is Bad for Democracy

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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