Citizen Power and the Internet
A Reluctant Geek Academic Guide
Published by The Reluctant Geek
Copyright Hercules Bantas 2010
The rapid adoption of communication technologies, like the Internet, in democratic public spheres has raised the question of whether these new technologies 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. Look out for other Reluctant Geek guides including Jürgen Habermas and Deliberative Democracy, John Rawls and Deliberative Democracy, John Dryzek and Deliberative Democracy, Deliberative Democracy Basics, Deliberative Democracy Essentials, Ricoeur's Hermeneutic Arc and the Internet, and The Propaganda Model and the Internet.