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Season 2010 Episode 0518

Debate: The Internet and Democracy

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Debate: The Internet and Democracy
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In less than a generation, the Internet has altered the daily lives of individuals in ways few would have conceived in its nascent stages. Initially a playground for the computer savvy, the world of blogs and tweets has given equal voice to anyone with a computer and a web connection.It is also where Americans increasingly look for news and information -- according to the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press, last year the Internet surpassed newspapers as the source of national and international news, nearly doubling from the year before. Barack Obama channeled the power of the Internet to reach millions during his presidential campaign, and his administration has launched innovative methods to use the Internet to govern.Debaters include:Pro: Andrew Keen, author, The Cult of the Amateur: How Today's Internet is Killing our CulturePro: Farhad Manjoo, journalist for Slate, author of True Enough: Learning to Live in a Post-Fact SocietyCon: Jimmy Wales, founder, WikipediaCon: Micah L. Sifry, editor, Personal Democracy Forummoreless
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