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“ Internet newsgroups and other virtual communities are being promoted as nascent public spheres that will renew democracy in the 21st century. But these claims are fundamentally misguided: they overlook the profound differences between Internet "cafés" and the agoras of the past.
Disembodied exchange of video text is not a substitute for face-to-face meeting - it has its own logic, its own ways of forming opinion. These attributes will powerfully affect the politics that emerge in our digital era.”
Poster believes the Online World doesn’t share the characteristics of western civilization’s “public sphere”, and therefore the Internet is NOT a new public sphere, but a whole new concept that will radically change democracy.
“ We must remember that the Net is something entirely new, and its effects on democratic politics can't be predicted using historical precedent.”