Democracy’s Double-Edged Sword: How Internet Use Changes Citizens’ Views of Their Government

Democracy's Double-Edged Sword: How Internet Use Changes Citizens' Views of Their Government

The beauty of democracy is not only that citizens can vote a candidate into office but that they can also vote one out. As digital media grows omnipresent, it becomes more important for political scientists and communication scholars to understand its influence on all aspects of the political process, from campaigning to governance. Catie Snow Bailard argues that the Internet–by altering the quantity and range of information available to citizens–directly influences the ability of individuals to evaluate government performance. It also affects public satisfaction …

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