Four Ways That Technology is Transforming Civic Engagement

A new study from the Pew Research Center looks at the way digital technology is changing civic engagement. Nick Judd digs into the results and pulls out four intriguing trends.

"The Pew Internet and American Life Project today released the results of a broad survey about civic life and the Internet. There are some obvious findings: People who are better educated and make more money are more likely to be politically active, for instance, and, as we've known for a while, people who find out about a political topic online can be motivated to seek out more information."

"But buried beneath the survey's top-line results are some surprising, and still statistically significant, results — things that tell us about the role of the Internet in politics that we did not already know," says Judd, who details four intruiging trends:

  1. Younger people are more engaged than senior citizens.
  2. Slacktivists are a minority.
  3. Lines of color, education and class in civic life extend online.
  4. The "Occupy" target market is still active.
Full Story: Four Surprising Things About Civics and Politics in America

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