When the Internet began to emerge as a popular new mode ofcommunication, many political scientists and social commentatorsbelieved that it would revolutionize our democratic institutions.Today, voter turnout is at an historic low and Internet usage is at anall-time high. Can we still make the claim that new information andcommunication technologies (ICTs) enhance democratic life in Canada?What effect does the technological mediation of political communicationhave on the practice of Canadian politics? How have such technologiesaffected the distribution of power in society?
Darin Barney investigates the links between ICTs and democraticprocesses, arguing that the potential of digital technologies tocontribute to a more democratic political system will remain largelyuntapped unless the more conventional dimensions of Canadian politics,the economy, and modes of governance are reoriented.
- 2002, Short-listed - Harold Adams Innis Prize, Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences
1. Democracy, Technology, and Communication in Canada
2. The Politics of Communication Technology in Canada
3. Communication Technology, Globalization, and Nationalism inCanada
4. Technologies of Political Communication in Canada
5. Digital Divides
6. The Question
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