A thought provoking piece!
We are given virtual democracy in exchange for real power - Telegraph: "Doubtless to celebrate the arrival of the silly season, the European Parliament has commissioned an online role-playing game called Citzalia which, as the think-tank Open Europe reported last week, allows citizens to imagine that they are participating in the parliament's important work. Citzalia is proclaimed as 'a world you inhabit and help to create. Using your avatar, you can walk around, network, debate issues of the day, propose legislation.'
All this sounds remarkably like the 'virtual democracy' we already have in Westminster, under our new Coalition Government. One of its first acts, you may recall, was to open a website on which voters could propose new laws and policies. Last week it was reported that every one of the hundreds of proposals from members of the public had been rejected or ignored."