Since many online services are scoring the greatest success based on the remarkable nature of the interactivity and accessibility of the internet, political researchers, with respect to electronic voting, regard voting no differently than other online services. While reading “Voter-Centered Design: Toward a Voter Decision Support System”, I came across the notion of creating internet-based electronic voting system.
Few days ago one of my friends sent me an email titled “New Presidential Candidate…Someone We know!” I was so excited to learn more about the content of this email because I knew that it will be strongly related to my “Digital Democracy” class. I typed in my instructor’s name of this course “Kathy Gill” and here what I have got.
We all know that the internet has reinforced services/businesses such as e-commerce and effective social interactions (Social Media). On the other hand, Digital democracy (online voting) is a double-edged sword by all means.
While reading “A Nation Divided: How Technology Influences the American Political Process” (Cannon et al., 2001), I came across many important principles regarding Digital Democracy. Without a doubt, the notion of internet voting, which will increase the number of voters due to the availability and accessibility of the internet, is valid, but this number might increase in favor of one party than the other based on the online population, the availability of political information on news sites and security issues (Kanter, 1999; Cannon et al., 2001). Many things seem to interfere with the validity of online voting such as selling online votes, lack of privacy while voting, or the attack of viruses to change or forward votes to third parties. Politicians along with online voting critics are torn apart between the effectiveness and the total adoptability of this tool and the possibility of fraud.
In Christensen’s “Breaking the Wire”, he clearly suggests that our ways of communication are moving toward online and wireless worlds. With no doubt, consumers now are more precise about what they want; they want to be able to communicate remotely and effectively at the same time with no constraints. Therefore, telecommunication companies have to adopt what is more convenient to customers in terms of portability and quality.
In the last few years, the internet has become the most reliable medium in many fields. By using the internet, everyone mainly can socialize with each other, sending emails, buying or selling goods with limited governmental control. Satisfyingly, commoners utilize this tool to serve their needs, they explore different online communities and engage themselves in many online activities.
The online world is a very complicated and interlaced way of communication. It is not very easy to define the online communities or even to discriminate between them. Despit the overlapping, I will try to narrow down my perspective. My first attempt, in the interactional web world, was creating a private e-mail address. I believe this method of interacting is so basic and standard communication tool. Nowadays, many people check their e-mail accounts regularly just like checking their mail boxes.
In general, this technique of how we present was quite very efficient. I have learned a lot from the group members. I felt so confident with the second and the third group unlike the first group who wasn’t very cooperative or supportive. I wanted to elaborate more on Mcluhan’s reading as I had only pointed out to the connection between the reading and the scholarly article. I was constrained by the giving timeframe in those closed-session presentations; otherwise, I would definitely have discussed more of the reading. On the other hand, I did quite well in the scholarly article as I have explained the most important aspects in it. In addition, the visual aid (PPT) was very helpful and effective; it gave the students clear pictures and better understanding to how the media can perfectly affect our perception and the content as well. Many liked the provided cartoon in the (PPT), they thought it was funny and a smart way to approach the viewer.