Experimental Democracy Console

Mahony, Nick (2010). Experimental Democracy Console. The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK.

URL: http://www.open.ac.uk/socialsciences/experimental-...


Contemporary popular democratic cultures are in flux. Democratic experiments are proliferating. This web console offers a new way of engaging with these developments. The console brings diverse governmental, social movement, popular media, arts and commercial experiments into relation providing a resource for those interested in tracking, sorting, analysing and further developing these practices.

Democratic experiments demonstrate and test-out novel ways of enacting democracy, opening out possibilities for publics to engage with and evaluate these practices. There will be no technical fix. Questions of who should and should not be involved, divisions of labour, agenda, technology, format, conduct and outcome will continue to be contested. The issue of what may (or may not) be being pre-figured by these experiments also remains an open question.

By shifting the console's sliders and then clicking on the console's mouse (to the right of the sliders) you can view and compare some of the multiplicity of contemporary forms of experimentation.

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