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Activity 2:

The Internet's Impact on Political Participation

To investigate how Internet features and culture make political waves.

Have students read Overheard Online: Internet and Politics and identify specific ways that people use the Internet to achieve political goals. Ask student pairs or small groups to each research one of the cited examples of how the Internet has influenced politics, and then create online slide presentations that highlight their findings. Discuss what aspects of the Internet and its culture affect individual participation in the political process at the local, state, and national level. How can the Internet help people attain individual and public goals? Can the Internet make the political process in the United States more democratic?

Additional Resources

Pew Internet and American Life Project: E-Gov and E-Policy Reports
Explore how the Internet influenced past political campaigns, its role in democratic debate, and how Americans use the Internet to communicate with government.

Ideology, Language, and Labels
Robin Koerner comments on American practices of labeling political ideology.

Related Standards

Civics, Standard 28: Understands how participation in civic and political life can help citizens attain individual and public goals.

Language Arts, Standard 10: Understands the characteristics and components of the media.

Source: "Content Knowledge" by McRel (Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning)



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