Thursday, February 12, 2009

"Information Revolution"

"The institutions that Americans created in the first decades after independence reflected a new understanding of the political imperatives for information and communication (83)". In the early stages after the American Revolution, the early republic had many decisions to make about how they would expand communication and knowledge amongst people. Popular Sovereignty made a huge impact and "implied a change in the cognitive relationship between state and the people (83)". This becomes a great change for the common people, because before when the government decided what people were allowed to know and what they weren't allowed to know and they controlled how much knowledge people should have was no longer. It was realized that in order for the people to be sovereign they must have knowledge on their government and the other news effecting their lives and well being. This step gave people more involvement in the government and say in what was going on.

Starr, Paul. Chapter Three. The Creation of the Media Politcal Origins of Modern Communications. New York: Basic Books, 2005. 83


At 4:22 PM, Blogger A. Mattson said...

A very good post on a key point: Popular sovreignty requires access to information, open government. That was truly a revolutionary idea. The affairs of state had been conducted behind closed doors by the aristocratic elites of europe.


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