Citizen Power and the Internet by Hercules Bantas
Series: The Connected World, Book 3.
Approx. 7,600 words.
Published on November 1, 2010.
The rapid proliferation of technologies like the Internet has raised the question of whether they have had a positive or a negative effect upon democratic citizenship. This guide uses Steven Lukes' three-dimensional analysis of power to examine arguments of technological determinism that cast a negative light on the technology, and Castells' positive analysis of mass self-communication.