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The Electronic Republic: Reshaping Democracy in the Information Age

Grossman, Lawrence K.

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ISBN 10: 0670861294 / ISBN 13: 9780670861293
Published by Viking Press, New York, New York, U.S.A., 1995
Condition: Very Good+ Hardcover
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Crisp, clean and bright inside and out. Signed by the author on half-title with inscription to CT Congressman Chris Shays. Otherwise clean and unmarked in like DJ. Not price-clipped. 290 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 004455

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Title: The Electronic Republic: Reshaping Democracy...

Publisher: Viking Press, New York, New York, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1995

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good+

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good+

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

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Analyzing the fate of the American political system in the media age, a former network CEO questions whether government can adapt to democracy in the new communication age and whether citizens will govern themselves or cross the fine line between democracy and demagoguery.

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Lawrence Grossman's The Electronic Republic makes a cautious but ultimately optimistic case for the potential of electronic media to transform democratic government. The author is not blind to the complexities and ironies of a TV-addled electorate, and a government that is both enslaved by and seemingly impervious to popular opinion. But he believes in, and makes a reasonable case for, the power of instant communications--computer networks, TV, telephones, and wireless communications--to remake the democratic process. The final goal he forsees is direct and immediate democracy. Grossman is not the first writer to broach the subject of electronic government, and at times, his optimism seems a bit too pat. But this still doesn't detract from the book's real strength: giving us a view of our democratic institutions and electronic media from the perspective of sweeping historical change.

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