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October 27 2004
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Democracy and the Blogosphere
Jackie Danicki • Blogs & Blogging • Events 
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On Tuesday 16 November, the Big Blog Company will be taking part in an Adam Smith Institute blogging event in London, Democracy and the Blogosphere. If you’d like to know what the event is all about before putting on your jacket and tie and heading over to Great Smith Street, check out the blurb:

Much hype surrounds the internet’s self-publishing phenomenon known as blogging. Many claim that the blogosphere - the community of millions of blogs - is the key to reinvigorating the political process. Some believe that, using blogs, politicians will better serve their constituents, the disaffected will become involved in politics, and public confidence in the ability of government to solve society’s problems will skyrocket.

There are also those who fiercely believe that, if only MPs would all start blogging, public debate would be dramatically revitalised. Is this wishful thinking in the age of spin doctors and party whips? Would more conversation with the public encourage our MPs to follow better policies, or lead to governance by opinion poll?

Does the blogosphere really strengthen the political progress, or is it more anti-Establishment than the Establishment would like to believe? Should the unprecedented ability of citizens to spread criticism of the state, its actions and its employees be cause for governmental alarm? Can our political process withstand such scrutiny? And is the blogosphere the big, equality-driving democracy so many claim that it is, or is it really a meritocracy, where the most interesting, compelling, and worthwhile ideas rise to the top?

Our own Perry de Havilland will be speaking at the event, as well as journalist and broadcaster Stephen Pollard, Ideal Government‘s William Heath, and Sandy Starr from Spiked Online.

For information on how to book your your place - space is limited - for the seminar and champagne reception, check out the ASI blog

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