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Rumi Forum Podcast

Rumi Forum was founded in 1999 with the mission to foster interfaith dialogue and intercultural understanding. The Forum aims to stimulate exchange of opinions in order to advance culture of democracy, freedom of thought, human rights and peace. For over 20 years, the Forum provides a common platform for building relationships, mutual learning and information exchange among adherents of different faiths. Our work has a particular focus on pluralism, peacemaking, interfaith dialogue, intercultural understanding, social harmony and community cohesion.

Dec 12, 2011

While recent events have spotlighted the Internet's capacity to make political organization more efficient once disaffected citizens are moved to action, this paper tests another component of the Internet's potential to influence the cost-benefit calculus of political behavior: the motivation to act or organize in the first place. After introducing two of the causal mechanisms-the Internet's mirror-holding and window-opening functions-that influence how individuals evaluate their government, we will specifically consider the Internet's influence on citizens' (dis)satisfaction with the way that "democracy" functions in their own countries.