The Web of Politics: The Internets Impact on the American Political System

Paperback | January 1, 1999

byRichard Davis

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Is the Internet destined to upset traditional political power in the United States? This book answers with an emphatic "no." Author Richard Davis shows how current political players including candidates, public officials, and the media are adapting to the Internet and assuring that this newmedium benefits them in their struggle for power. In doing so he examines the current function of the Internet in democratic politics--educating citizens, conducting electoral campaigns, gauging public opinion, and achieving policy resolution-- and the roles of current political actors in thosefunctions. Davis's unconventional prediction concerning the Internet's impact on American politics warrants a closer look by anyone interested in learning how this new communication medium will affect us politically.

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Is the Internet destined to upset traditional political power in the United States? This book answers with an emphatic "no." Author Richard Davis shows how current political players including candidates, public officials, and the media are adapting to the Internet and assuring that this newmedium benefits them in their struggle for pow...

Richard Davis is Associate Professor of Political Science at Brigham Young University. He is the co-author of New Media and American Politics (with Diana Owen, Oxford, 1998), and the author of The Press and American Politics: The New Mediator, 2nd Ed. (1996), Decisions and Images: The Supreme Court and the Press (1994), and Politics a...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:248 pages, 5.39 × 8.11 × 0.71 inPublished:January 1, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:019511485X

ISBN - 13:9780195114850

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Norman Ornstein, The American Enterprise Institute: ForewordIntroduction: Enter the InternetONE. Communications Technology and DemocracyTWO. Surfing for NewsTHREE. Electronic LobbyingFOUR. The Virtual CampaignFIVE. www.govSIX. The Virtual PublicSEVEN. The Internet as Participatory Forum

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"While the revolutionary potential of the Internet to enliven citizen politics and to improve the free flow of information has been widely heralded, this engaging book begs to differ the prevailing expectations. The Internet will make it easier for citizens already attentive to news andactive in politics to become even more so, but the result will be to widen rather than narrow the gap between the politically engaged and the politically disengaged." - - Book Notes