Apr 26, 2010
Dalhberg’s article is interesting because things have drastically changed since 1998 when we consider the Internet. When the Internet just started gaining popularity, it was reasonable to think that consumerism and greed would take over the Internet. Today, that is mostly true, yet it has not inhibited the ability of the Internet to provide an ideal public sphere. In fact, it has become even easier.
Part of what Dalhberg’s argument is that the Internet provides an even ground for people to discuss issues, but capital would soon govern and control the Internet. Today in 2010, the Internet has become deeply integrated with business, but it does not control nor govern the Internet at all. The government does not control the Internet either. Because so many people now use the Internet, controlling it is just very difficult and not viable. The increase in popularity has also increased the amount of knowledge available to others, which has lead to more people learning the ins and outs of the Internet, allowing people to circumvent any control at all. The death of this concern comes from the fact that it is simply much easier to start a public forum/discussion group. There are many free webhosts on the internet that provide webpage hosting, server software, and message board software.
It is interesting because in such a short amount of time, the Internet has evolved into such a huge thing and has been able to avoid any strict filtering and control due to its very open and public nature. The Internet is truly for the people, by the people.