Has this idea (from ~2000) aged well? Some parts yes, some parts no.
(This article is one of about 23 that ran as a weekly full-page “ad” in The New York Times.)
FROM: internet archive of http://www.turnpoint.org/ at http://web.archive.org/web/20040325044110/http://turnpoint.org/
Article archive (Word Doc)
The Internet & the Illusion of Empowerment
The computer revolution has been no boon to democracy. It has threatened personal privacy like nothing before, and it’s a serious toxics hazard, too. As for empowerment, let’s call it “corporate empowerment” because they gain far more than you do.
The communications revolution is an odd revolution since all sides agree about it. The conservatives and the liberals, the George W. Bushes and Al Gores, the engineers and the artists, the corporations and the activists who oppose them, accept computers and the internet as empowering to individuals and democracy. But are they?