Response Paper #3 Defining digital democracy
Dahlberg constructing democracy in digital media with four positions. Defining digital democracy and using four positions can make it possible to understand possiblities of social media about diversity and how we can analyze social media’s limits on democratic rights.
Dahlberg positions democracy as liberal-individualist, deliberative, counter-publics, and autonomist Marxist. Each of these positions defining methods of using digital media and how people interact with it.
From my point of view facilities of social media can easily help us to reach democracy in its deliberative form. Deliberative form of communication can help us to understand ‘’others’’ and make diversity possible in every platform. Facilities like digital forums, comment sections of web sites can easily be seen as digital open spaces while origin of democracy based in city squares where everyone can speak and have their voices heard.
Counter — public position of e-democracy is also important. Facilities of social media can help activist organize, have their voices heard even from government’s side -which we can give a lot of examples from middle east to us-
What we should not ignore about e-democracy is social media platforms are mainly products of companies. We should not underestimate this reality.