We’re caught between our hopes and our fears when it comes to technology. Our hope is this new technology will be “Socratic,” that it will allow us to deepen dialogue, that it will allow us to really become more engaged in democracy, that it will provide more voices to more people.
Our fear is that it will be a sophistic technology, providing only the tools of rhetoric to a small, powerful elite. […]
Some remarks from a panel in Athens on democracy just appeared in the New York Times. The event was actually very interesting, and I am lucky to have been invited: discussing democracy in Athens and with the splendid set of people was a pleasure.