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Internet - For or against Democracy?

Does the Internet Inhibit or Encourage Democracy?


Cyber-utopianism is a fallacy. Cool tech tools don't necessarily fuel reform and lead to democratic institutions, argues Evgeny Morozov. Dictators, after all, don't always fear technology. They embrace it and use it effectively to control their countries. Or do they? A distinguished panel of experts, including Eric Blantz, maintains that social media and Internet access make it difficult for governments to police their people and stop social and political revolutions.



AnarchistBits • Jun 12, 2011
Language was the first medium in which to spread ideas that conquered the masses. Once we began to get huge energy gains from planting our own food vs. gathering it and fencing animals vs. hunting them, language became more effective. The masses were condensed. The invention of the written word increased the leverage more. Our voices could be heard when our bodies where not present simultaneously and without another human being present to deliver the message. Stored knowledge allowed progress, where weakness in human memory created thresholds in progress. Now, the Internet is here with the memory technology it embraces. The human memory has been extended and increased in accuracy due to visual and audio recording, along with mathematical computations never possible before. Couple this technology with our nature to evolve and progress and I say the Internet improves our Democracy, Democracy in the sense of evolutionary progress, in that in general, we slowly all agree to better choices with the help of this new tool.

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