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What is the Internet's Role in a Democracy?

Posted by Roar of the Bewildered Herd on January 30, 2011 at 7:02 PM Comments comments (76)

According to Alex Carey, the Australian social psychologist who "pioneered the study of corporate propaganda", the 20th century has been characterized by three developments of great political importance: The growth of Democracy, the growth of Corporate Power, and the growth of Corporate Propaganda as a means of protecting Corporate Power against Democracy.


Assuming that the advent of newspaper, radio and television were for the sole purpose of pushing the corporate agenda forward, and the consolidation of the media was necessary to assure the corporate agenda, would the deregulation of the Internet, as we have seen it with radio and cable in 1996, be necessary to continue with this agenda? If so, how does this affect Democracy? Is the Internet as important to Democracy as we are stating it is?


These are just a few questions that we will answer in our effort to investigate the effects of Corporate Propaganda on our global society. Our goal is to foster a healthy debate on how media is assimilated and encourage communities to support a neutral broadband network that continues to allow access to muliple media outlets.  We will be discussing several topics weekly that incorporate the different mediums of propaganda and how they are used to persuade the public, or more appropriately stated by the late Walter Lippmann, "the bewildered herd."  Visit our Resources link to learn more about the history, studies, and theories behind propaganda.