In the last few decades, the concept of ‘democracy’ had slowly begun to fade. Political corruption and unscrupulous government policies had punctured people’s faith in the governance. Few instances like the Iraq War or the Vietnam are examples of evaporating democracy. What was earlier a “government of the people, by the people, for the people” had been reduced to ‘nothingness’.
However, democracy seems to be getting reinvented, redefined, and revolved with the internet age. With the Web 2.0 revolution, the way people communicate their opinions and grievances have changed drastically. Take the example of President Obama’s presidential campaign. The campaign made use of every tool that can be clubbed under Web 2.0 for promotion. From social networking sites to developing a special interactive website to just connect with the people, President Obama cleverly communicated with the public and we know what a huge impact it was for his presidential elections.
The basic problem with democracy was that even though the government is made for the people, only few people sitting at the higher authority had the power to make decisions on the behalf of the people, and most of the times, those decisions did not benefits those for whom they were essentially taken. This problem is sorted to a large extent by the coming of Web 2.0 revolution. The common masses can communicate with government agencies and tell them about their problems.
Moreover, every governmental organization today has their own website and they use numerous tools to communicate with citizens. The internet has turned into a platform on which participatory and democratic politics operate and people give voice to their opinions and issues that concern them. In web 2.0, democracy is no more dictated by the government. Internet belongs to the masses and through the internet; people exercise their basic right – the right to speak.