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The Internet’s Role in Making Engaged Citizens

This first-of-its-kind study, which was partially funded by CIRCLE, examined three types of behavior: politically-driven online participation, online exposure to diverse perspectives, and interest-driven online participation.

Youth who pursue their interest on the Internet are more likely to be engaged in civic and political issues, according to the study of student Internet usage authored by Joe Kahne, education professor at Mills College and CIRCLE Advisory Board member.

Findings include that contrary to popular belief, it is rare for individuals on the Internet to only be exposed to political perspectives with which they agree, but many youth are not exposed to political perspectives at all

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5 Responses to “The Internet’s Role in Making Engaged Citizens”

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  2. Lawyer James Says:

    I do think the Internet is one of the best things that has happened to society since the printing press. It is the only true two way medium today. I think it is the only truly free and open means of communication and dialog. It must be kept open an unregulated.

    God bless

  3. God Says:

    The internet is so much more then the printing press. While the printing press allowed information to spread, the internet allows information to spread rapidly. Censoring the internet in the future will end up next to impossible as wireless devices and adhoc networks proliferate.

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  5. andrew Says:

    yes, the internet is a great informational source but not everybody knows to use it as it should be used

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