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A Pragmatist Review of E-Democracy & The Digital Divide

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Kandace Kellett-Riddle
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
United States

Abstract:
The focus of this paper is to use the broad experience-oriented knowledge criterion of pragmatism to examine the challenges and problems of the recent conversion of much of the US political and election information (the access to and understanding of which is key to enabling a person to be a fully informed participant in American democracy) to an online/internet format, in light of the digital divide and its impact on women and those of lower socio-economic status, typically also the elderly and persons of color.

 

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