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Politics and the Internet

Internet can help people gain political power

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According to a recent poll conducted by ComputerWorld, about forty percent of the population believes that people can increase their political power by going online. Hence, many academics believe that people in western societies are becoming more technologically educated in order to gain more influence in the political sector. For example, Mr. Jeffrey Cole, a director at the University of Southern California states, This year, 6% of regular Internet users said they have their own blogs, 16% said they post pictures on the Web, and more than 10% maintain their own web sites. In 2003, 3% of Internet users said they blogged, 11% posted photos, and less than 9% maintained web sites.(ComputerWorld, 2005: 1) Thus, the question raised by many is, Is the Internet providing a more democratic and participatory human society for the future?
     
Mr. Cole agrees that the Internet plays a pivotal role in providing a more equitable society that encourages participatory development. He argue



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