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Summarize the impact of the Internet on politics
Two themes characterize the debate on how increased use of the Internet, self-selection of news content, and use of blogs for political self-expression can impact public opinion. [ On the one hand, a decidedly more optimistic line of scholarship suggests that the Internet can contribute to a stronger democracy, by bringing together people from different backgrounds, providing vast sources of information from diverse perspectives, and allowing for public discussion and deliberation to a degree that has not been practically possible until now. On the other hand, the seemingly more widespread,
more pessimistic line of work suggests that the internet may provide too much choice leading some to opt out of the political debate and civic life altogether. Perhaps even worse, proponents of this view are worried that the new information environments create pressures for and encourage selective exposure processes whereby people search for information that is consistent with their existing views. This process may, in turn, result in creation and strengthening of homogeneous groups on the Internet formed of like-minded indviduals, leading to ideological polarization and intolerance. source: mediaresearchhub.ssrc.org/political...and-the-internet/major-works/ ]
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