A way to fuzzy democracy

Using modern communication to transform the way we make political decisions

Svenja Schröder and Christiane Ruetten

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As we can see by the German voting results in 2005, there is a huge disenchantment with politics in modern democracies. The voting people feel powerless in a governance where the power should originally belong to the people. "Democracy" only tends to be the best compromise among other types of government, but it could be different.

Those modern means of communication most of us already use on a daily basis, like internet forums, webs of trust and possibly e-voting systems, can be used as a basis for political discussion and decision making as long as we are aware of their benefits as well as their
limitations. This talk puts our traditional believes about democracy into question by closely looking at its roots in history. A careful deconstruction of that monolithic term will instantly lead to a very different perspective on the ideals behind it. It then becomes very easy to see how much closer modern technology might take us to the original
idea of democracy.

To sum it up: There are much better strategies of mobilizing and informing people than consuming TV ads and then voting the lesser evil every 4 years.