This chapter focuses on the normatively positive implications of how news appears and is consumed online. More specifically, it examines whether the Internet makes democratization of public information possible, that is, Internet use results in citizen involvement with content creation. It first explains the concept of information democratization and its implications for society before turning to a discussion of the role of information in democracy. It then highlights the relationship between user control and social good, as well as the differences between the mass media system and the media of today. It also considers how the Internet strengthens the connections between citizens and political knowledge. The chapter concludes by looking at the barriers to democratization and the potential effects of online news on society.
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