SAAP Annual Meeting 2014

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Achieving Deweyan Democracy in the Digital Age

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Examining Dewey’s understanding of democracy and extrapolating from Dewey’s views of the technology of his day, I will assess the changes that have taken place in communication as a result of digital technology and the possibilities for democracy from a Deweyan perspective. In order to accomplish this, I will inquire into the effects of the internet, using some specific examples, such as wikis, blogs, social networking websites and Skype, on three crucial elements of Deweyan democracy: cooperative intelligence, the expert-public relationship, and face-to-face relationships. Acknowledging that while one cannot be certain of what Dewey’s views on the internet would be, I maintain that his ideas about democracy, technology, communication and more, as put forth in The Public and Its Problems and elsewhere, can be used to formulate a theory about the role the internet can play in terms of its possibilities for achieving Deweyan democracy.


Mark Sanders    
UNC Charlotte
United States


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