Thursday, January 04, 2007
Using the Internet to Extend Hegemony
"Using the Internet to Extend Hegemony: A Study of Government Websites in India" a paper by Maya Ranganathan and NagaMallika G, explores the ways in which the Internet is employed by the tech-savvy states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu in India.
The article establishes that despite the technical infrastructure and knowhow available, these governments are largely indifferent to the potential of the medium to further democracy. Instead, these governments employ the medium much the same way as they employed and still employ the earlier media of radio and television, totally oblivious to the potential of the Internet to provide the essential public sphere necessary for effective functioning of a democracy.
Read the paper here.