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Medborgarengagemang, demokrati och Internet - en litteraturstudie över medborgarengagemanget och Internets funktion som demokratiskt redskap
2003 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year))Student thesis
Abstract [en]

In society there are different opinions whether people nowadays take less interest in political and social issues. In his book Bowling Alone Robert D. Putnam among other things deals with the different reason why people takes less interest in all sorts of issues. The book has resulted in a debate concerning the active engagement of members of society, not only in the US, but also here in Sweden. In SCB´s study 2003 of the Swedish civics movement the same complex of problems and also the reasons for them are dealt with. During the 20th century the Swedes were politically committed and took an active interest in the rest of the civics movements, but the question is how the situation is today in the Swedish nursery of democracy. There is an idea that the developing information technologies will lead to revolutionary progress of humanity. It has also been discussed whether the Internet will be at tool for improving democracy. There are still many challenges with the Internet, and I will try to explain how the scientists of today view the Internet in this context. The questions are: What are the reasons for the presumed lack of engagement among the members of society? What are the scientists’ views about the use of the Internet as a tool for people’s engagement in democracy? The studies made in the US showed that there are many things that influence people when it comes to taking interest in issues concerning society, or not. The main reasons are the ongoing alternations of generations and the great supply of new media and their contents. The Swedish study displayed that the foremost reason was youths delayed entrance in adult-hood. The biggest reasons for this development are today’s bad finances, longer periods of education, increasing unemployment and insecure income conditions. When it comes to the Internet as a tool for engagement in democracy all scientists believe that it could be so, but that such a use of the Internet is still far away. One of the problems still remaining is “the digital divide”, that is, the fact that everyone has not got access to the Internet. This divide has more dimensions than just the access to the Internet, also education and finances play their parts. Also one must not forget that the challenge facing the Internet is political and not technical.

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2003. , 70 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-57555Local ID: MKV D-2OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-57555DiVA: diva2:1122167
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Media and Communication Studies
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