A Manifesto for the Role of the Internet in Saving Democracy

17 May ’07

How else to describe it? Time’s extract from the new Al Gore book, The Assault on Reason, is a manifesto for social and political change from the barrel of the internet. Gist: So the remedy for what ails our democracy is not simply better education (as important as that is) or civic education (as important as that can be), but the re-establishment of a genuine democratic discourse in which individuals can participate in a meaningful way—a conversation of democracy in which meritorious ideas and opinions from individuals do, in fact, evoke a meaningful response.

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