The Internet and Political Transformation: Populism, Community, and Accelerated Pluralism

  title={The Internet and Political Transformation: Populism, Community, and Accelerated Pluralism},
  author={Bruce Bimber},
  pages={133 - 160}
  • Bruce Bimber
  • Published 1 September 1998
  • Political Science
  • Polity
The swift development of the Internet has inspired two sorts of claims that large-scale transformations in the structure of political influence in the U.S. are under way: the populist claim that the Internet will erode the influence of organized groups and political elites, and the community-building claim that the Internet will cause a restructuring of the nature of community and the foundations of social order. These claims are significant because they address not only the currently… 

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