Emerging technologies may alter the power equation on which today's cognitive order is based.
Technology now provides some substantial new opportunities for citizens to become re-involved in setting the public agenda, especially in the form of the Internet.
Already, online discussion forums capture opinion and insight from citizens in a wide variety of subject areas. Although initially these tended to be frequented mainly by devotees of computers, as more and more people of divergent backgrounds come online, a more representative balance is beginning to be struck.
An atmosphere of participation and engagement can also be expected to grow as Net-based communication forms evolve.
And what has been done to date to disseminate information and analysis on the Internet is probably only a pale shadow of what the medium is structurally capable of.
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