“For a time, it seemed that the Internet was going to redemocratize society. Bloggers and citizen journalists would single-handedly rebuild the public media. Politicians would only be able to run with a broad base of support from small, everyday donors. Local governments would become more transparent and accountable to their citizens. And yet that era of civic connection hasn’t come.”
Because I buy into this romantic vision a bit, I find it important to remind myself that the internet is not living up to its democratizing potential, which perhaps should not be surprising.