Journal of History School


Democracy, Participation and Technology: The Paradoxes of Democracy in Technology

Direct democracy was inherited from Ancient Greece while today's representative democracy is a by-product of the Industrial Revolution. The technological innovations of the post-industrial era led the representative democracy to spread worldwide. The introduction of new communication technologies initiated the arguments on the possibility of the re-employment of direct democracy. Undoubtedly, new communication technologies had the roles of moulding public opinion and raising public awareness. Nevertheless, the reality that these technologies pose some dangers to societies cannot be denied. In this sense, it was seen that new communication technologies put democracy into a paradoxical process. Two different approaches have been used to explain the relationship between democracy and technology: techno-septic and techno-optimist approaches. In this research, the relationship between democracy and technology was studied particularly with the techno-septic-centred approach. Starting from this point of view, the negative effects of technology on democracy were put under the scope and several solutions were offered in the study. Within this direction, the objective of endeavour in this study is to present the paradoxes of democracy within technology and solution proposals.


Democracy, Technology, New Communication Technologies, Paradox.

Author : Yusuf ÇİFCİ
Number of pages: 285-299
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