The concept of Internet Democracy is one of much potential: many are claiming it to be the future of politics. No longer will information be filtered through stale newscasts or brittle text. No longer will the masses be forced to suffer confusion over candidates and their policies. And no longer will polls be clumsy events, with too long lines and too little relief. The intention is to replace the accepted practice with one of online ease.
The years to come, it is hoped, will offer digital polls. These are meant to simplify the process of choosing politicians and allow more individuals to become involved. Participation, it’s believed, will increase dramatically with the shift from the real world to the virtual one.
And the advantages to this make that belief seem a reasonable thing:
One: Speed. The great difficulty with choosing to vote with the typical machines comes from their demands of hours and patience. Crowds flock to the same locations and time then crawls. All choices can be quick and singular online, however. Individuals will only have to log-in and cast their decisions. There is no waiting involved.
Two: Simplicity. The procedure involved with voting can become a detractor for many (especially those of the younger generations). It’s a cumbersome effort. By streamlining the idea for the Internet, though, it becomes more appealing – and therefore more likely to attract higher attendances.
Three: Convenience. The majority of individuals have access to the Internet within their homes. This allows them to vote from the comforts of their living rooms, rather than having to drag themselves to the polls. It’s an instant reward and an instant convenience.
Internet Democracy is radically changing the way the public views the world and its candidates. And it is expected that the traditional methods (and all of their aggravations) will one day be changed as well.