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Cross Cutting Discussion: A form of online discussion discovered within local political online forums

Cross Cutting Discussion: A form of online discussion discovered within local political online... There has been a growing concern regarding political disengagement among citizens within liberal western representative democracies. This concern has brought about calls for local political online forums to be used to support participatory and deliberative democracy online to reverse this trend. However, little empirical investigation has been conducted into what such forums can support in terms of deliberative democracy. This paper, focusing solely on deliberation will answer the following question: Can local political online forums support all categories of deliberation? A two pronged methodological approach consisting of both a quantitative deductive method and a qualitative inductive method was used to examine this research question. This paper argues that within the literature deliberation falls into three main categories. However, another form of online discussion was identified as part of this empirical research named Cross Cutting Discussion. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Information Polity IOS Press

Cross Cutting Discussion: A form of online discussion discovered within local political online forums

Information Polity , Volume 14 (3) – Jan 1, 2009

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IOS Press
Copyright
Copyright © 2009 by IOS Press, Inc
ISSN
1570-1255
eISSN
1875-8754
DOI
10.3233/IP-2009-0177
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Abstract

There has been a growing concern regarding political disengagement among citizens within liberal western representative democracies. This concern has brought about calls for local political online forums to be used to support participatory and deliberative democracy online to reverse this trend. However, little empirical investigation has been conducted into what such forums can support in terms of deliberative democracy. This paper, focusing solely on deliberation will answer the following question: Can local political online forums support all categories of deliberation? A two pronged methodological approach consisting of both a quantitative deductive method and a qualitative inductive method was used to examine this research question. This paper argues that within the literature deliberation falls into three main categories. However, another form of online discussion was identified as part of this empirical research named Cross Cutting Discussion.

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Information PolityIOS Press

Published: Jan 1, 2009

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