It is an unfortunate situation, the effects of too many hours and too many searches – an individual sits before his computer, scanning site after site. The political frenzy has begun and he wishes to be informed of all changes. Candidates are inspected; their speeches are dissected; and all calls for social reform are read again and again. It’s a collection of quotes and statistics, videos and sound snippets. All elements of campaigns are carefully explored, with an intention to learn all that’s available. This is, it’s assumed, the only true way to make a proper decision.
But that decision is replaced to the sudden realization that the Internet is forever updating its truths; and the excess of information is overwhelming to all who seek it.
Online forums have revolutionized the understanding of democracy. Politics are made a common event, with their terms applied to those without experience. Chat-rooms allow for quick debates. Forums devote themselves to posting facts. And social networks remind all of impending rallies, petitions or campaign stops. It seems the wisest of choices… until it becomes too relied on.
Internet Democracy is a constant evolution of facts and propaganda. While this could never be deemed unimportant, it could perhaps be deemed complex. Individuals will find themselves surrounded by information – some of it accurate and some of it mere rumor. This can cause complications if there is an expectation that all items are to be learned. The masses will be greeted with too much to absorb and will have a difficulty in separating the essential from the nonsensical.
There is no limit to what can be found online. This is an advantage… but only when individuals avoid over-exposing themselves to every sliver of statistics. There must be caution applied to everything that is read and subsequently believed. Do not become overwhelmed by what is available. Tame it instead to what is needed.
Relevancy is vital. Excess is not.