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Will the Internet Be Bad for Democracy?
 Eli M. Noam Professor and Finance and EconomicsDirector, Columbia Institute for Tele-InformationGraduate School of Business, Columbia University Presented at the
Heinz Nixdorf Computer Museum Forum Paderborn, GermanyMay 1999
When the media history of the 20th Century will be written, the Internet will be seen as its major contribution. Television, telephone, and computers will be viewed as its early precursors, merging and converging into the new medium just as radio and film did into TV. The Internet’s impact on culture, business, and politics will be vast, for sure. Where will it take us? To answer that question is difficult, because the Internet is not simply a set of interconnecting links and protocols connecting packet switched networks, but it is also a construct of imagination, an inkblot test into which everybody projects their desires, fears and phantasies.
 Some see enlightenment and education. Others see pornography and gambling. Some see sharing and collaboration; others see e-commerce and profits. Controversies abound on most aspects of the Internet. Yet when it comes to its impact on democracy process, the answer seems unanimous.1[1] The Internet is good for democracy. It creates digital citizens (Wired 1997) active in the vibrant teledemocracy (Etzioni, 1997) of the Electronic Republic (Grossman 1995) in the Digital Nation (Katz 1992). Is there no other side to this question? Is the answer so positively positive?
 The reasons why the Internet is supposed to strengthen democracy include the following.
 1.      The Internet lowers the entry

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