Government And Politics Superseded By Internet+

In Usual Politics: A Critique and Some Suggestions for an Alternative,  I described the bankruptcy/collapse of governments dubbed “democratic”.  (A few people then, and more now, agree.)  I described–correctly, I believe–the decline of legislatures, voting, and elected officials and the rise of what’s referred to today as “the administrative state“;  a situation, beginning in earnest during Deleno’s days in the house-white-built-by-blacks, in which administrative structures, procedures, and personnel came to pervade and dominate all aspects of government and politics.  However, since the beginning of the 21st Century (2007, to be exact) the administrative state, as well as almost all the rest of government and politics (usual, unusual, constitutional, left, right, center, Republican, Democrat, courts, elections, and so on) has been superseded in relevancy, efficiency, effectiveness–dare I say power?–by Internet+; that is by the Internet plus attendant hardware (e.g., computes, smartphones, sensors,) and software (e.g.,Google, algorithms, the cloud).  Internet+ is now the dominate reality.

About georgebeam

George Beam is an educator and author. The perspectives that inform his interpretations of the topics of this blog–-as well as his other writings and university courses -–are system analysis, behaviorism, and Internet effects. Specific interests include quality management, methodology, and politics. He is Associate Professor Emeritus, Department of Public Administration; Affiliated Faculty, Department of Political Science; and, previously, Head, Department of Public Administration, University of Illinois at Chicago
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