Throughout history government's have evolved based on the populations size and ability to communicate with each other.
Chiefs and elder councils.
Rome - Renaissance
As population expanded the development of a tiered government structure utilizing cities, regions, country under the control of lords and monarchs is established. Education is still lacking in the populace though.
Print Press - Now
Education is widely available to the populace and a need to be heard is born. Democracy is widely established from this. There is still a lack of swiftness in communication though so elected representatives are required to voice the opinion of their populace.
Education levels are higher then ever and the ability for real-time mass communication is present. Bills, Documents can be edited and/or provided feedback in real-time around the country from millions of people. These items are then reviewed by designated experts and resubmitted to the populace for review and approval. Obviously a workable system will need to be established so that things are actually completed.
Given today’s rising education and ability to mass communicate do you see a change in our government style? Is there a need for representatives if the mass populace can vote for everything and provide their feedback? If there is a need for representatives can this role be expanded to allow more people to participate in real-time discussions and development of policy?
This idea came to me when reading an article on companies like Facebook allowing their polices and business decisions to be driven based on the direction given by their customers and also after seeing the collaboration and meeting tools soon to be available like Google Wave.
What are your thoughts?