Democracy, as we’ve known it, is dead. And, perhaps this is good news. Because, if democracy is the will of the people, then widespread access to digital tools may ensure more of our voices are heard.
Of course, it’s not that simple. Democracy, like most social institutions, is a complex blend of ideas and practices. The truth is, when it comes to our representative democracy, we the people have more questions than answers.
Do our votes really count?
Whose voices matter?
Who gets an opportunity to run for office, and which special interests have a vested financial interest in their success?
How can we remain well-informed citizens when the search for credible information has become a moving target?
We’ve asked these questions for hundreds of years. So, what makes today’s digital democracy so different?