ERIC Number: ED071411
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Jan-14
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Preliminary Findings of Electronic Town Hall Project (MINERVA).
Center for Policy Research, New York, NY.
Participatory democracy in its purest form, the town hall meeting, has been lost in modern mass society. The sheer number of citizens prevent effective interaction between themselves and their leaders. The aim of this study is to explore the various means available to correct that loss, which until the advent of this McLuhanesque era, was considered irretrievable. Using cable television and telephone conference circuits in a large urban high rise apartment complex, the researchers were able to evaluate the overall citizen participation in the project, which was relatively high, and to acquire additional data for further program design. Centered on community problems, security, and the legalization of heroin, the electronic meetings stimulated dialog and interaction and also familiarized the citizens with the rules of television access. The study was particularly sensitive to citizen critigue and was basically designed with interaction analysis in mind. In the future the project will be expanded to involve groups varying in size from 600 to 40,000 persons. (MC)
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Authoring Institution: Center for Policy Research, New York, NY.