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Communication Technology

When the Internet began to emerge as a popular new mode of communication, many political scientists and social commentators believed that it would revolutionize our democratic institutions. Today, voter turnout is at an historic low and Internet usage is at an all-time high. Can we still make the claim that new information and communication technologies (ICTs) enhance democratic life in Canada? What effect does the technological mediation of political communication have on the practice of Canadian politics? How have such technologies affected the distribution of power in society?

Table of Contents



1. Democracy, Technology, and Communication in Canada

2. The Politics of Communication Technology in Canada

3. Communication Technology, Globalization, and Nationalism in Canada

4. Technologies of Political Communication in Canada

5. Digital Divides

6. The Question

Discussion Questions

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