Internet and its impact on political communications in Singapore.
Tan, Wei Yi.
Date of Issue2003
Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information
Modem political systems like the Singapore political system use the notion of a representative democracy due to time and logistical constraints of co-ordinating and mobilising large numbers of people for political debate and decision-making. In the argument by J.S. Mill, the concept of the Greek polis is not sustainable in modern societies and could not be implemented in polities larger than a small town. The problems posed by co-ordination and regulation of large populations are too complex to be managed by a system that embodies direct or participatory democracy that requires continuous involvement by citizens in public decision-making. In this sense, the citizen is thus further removed and estranged from the "day-to-day" deliberations involving his environment and society and affecting his life. Should citizens know that opportunities exist for effective participation in decision-making, they would believe that participation is worthwhile and participate actively. There should be opportunities for political interaction and debate of ideas to achieve consensus before arriving at decisions.
DRNTU::Social sciences::Mass media
Nanyang Technological University