A Truer, Unfiltered Marketplace of Political Ideas

While the mainstream media in 1996 and 2000 focused incessantly on polls and the horse race in elections, on the Internet, citizens passionately debated issues like “character”, “taxes”, and the records of Clinton, Gore, Bush and the Republican Congress.

“It is no exaggeration to conclude that the Internet has achieved, and continues to achieve, the most participatory marketplace of mass speech that this country–and indeed the world–has yet seen,” Federal Judge Stewart Dalzell wrote in 1996, when he declared the Communications Decency Act unconstitutional.


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