Is Really the Civic Attitude on E-Participation Wise for the Current Information Society?
Marcelo León Castro
Discourses about democratizing Internet potential and social networks have proliferated. The theoretical spectrum on which these discourses are located range from consideration of the Internet and social networks as a complement to the procedures and techniques used by representative democracy (as a "digital democracy"), to their potential to generate new forms of citizenship as part of a move towards a new direct and participatory democracy of a horizontal nature. The analysis described here explores the extent to which the Internet and social networks are changing the relationship between governments and citizens, and whether they do in fact constitute another means of constructing citizenship and democratic political participation, through social mobilization, moving towards a sense of strong, direct democracy and even the possibility of participatory self-government. Aspects considered for the analysis of this research are: 1) internet, 2) digital democracy, 3) digital gap 4) social networks revolution; 5) civic attitude on democratic citizenship cybernetics, 6) civic socialization in social networks.
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