Again, this problem is mitigated by theInternet.

In his day, Alexis de Tocqueville attributed the vitalityof our democracy to citizens’ work in building the 19th-century “commons”:free, local, public assets such as hospitals, churches, parks, seminaries, andschools (Tocqueville 1954, II, 114).

However, the Internet does have a differentkind of democratic potential if we handle it right.

(Grossman 1996, 33, 49)Manyanalysts have criticized such predictions by invoking the “digital divide.”They demonstrate that disadvantaged people are much less likely than privilegedones to use the Internet—especially from home, where citizens can most easilyparticipate in politics.


Today the Internet is a promising venuefor such public work.

The main issue is that ourdemocracy requires a commons to release the civic energy of its citizens.

The National Center of Competence in Research (NCCR) Democracy is a multi-disciplinary research program launched by the Swiss National Science Foundation in 2005. The program examines the key challenges to democracy today and traces them to two major trends: globalization and the growing influence of the media on politics.


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But if people want—and are able to find—material that is tailored totheir own initial values and interests, then they will naturally “balkanize,”creating many separate communities or conversations that are not in mutualcontact.

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The NCCR’s basic research questions are: How are established democracies changing under the conditions of globalization and the mediatization of politics? And how can democracy be promoted horizontally (to non-democratic countries) and vertically (to supra-national regimes like the EU, the WTO, etc)?

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DennisThompson says that he has scanned the Internet and found: “Hikers to our Parks, National Whistleblower Union, Citizensagainst Daylight Savings Time, Citizens for Finnish-American Power, the U.S.

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Inthe 1960s, proponents of democracy looked foralternative models that were more voluntary, individualistic, consensual,loose, and egalitarian than traditional parties and interest groups.

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Does is help foster democracy, or does it absolutely have no impact

The Internetalso spells trouble for newspaper publishers and editors, who once exercised alot of control over the content of the news; now citizens can search for anycombination of stories they want.