Mulford Sibley is not the sort of scholar who makes a career of elaborating variations on a theme. There are recurring themes in his work, however, and I want to sound two of them, participatory democracy and technology, in this essay. These themes may be joined in a number of ways, but here I shall take up only one - the possibility that advances in communications technology may actually promote democracy by extending and enhancing opportunities for political participation.
Copyright © 1983 Bowling Green University Popular Press. This chapter first appeared in Dissent and Affirmation: Essays in Honor of Mulford Q. Sibley.
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Dagger, Richard. "Computers, Cables, and Citizenship: On the Desirability of Instant Direct Democracy." In Dissent and Affirmation: Essays in Honor of Mulford Q. Sibley, edited by Arthur L. Kalleberg, J Donald Moon, and Daniel R. Sabia, Jr., 132-45. Bowling Green: Bowling Green University Popular Press, 1983.