I watched one item and listened to another regarding the Internet and democracy in the last two days. Henry Rollins had an excellent commentary in his "Teeing Off" portion of episode twenty (the season finale) about freedom of speech, democracy, and questioning the supposed wisdom of our leaders. This morning's Future Tense show featured Iranian-born blogger Hossein Derakhshan and how fifty bloggers have been detained in Iran.
Both point to the idea that the uncensored Internet is fantastic and allows for the flourishing of free speech and democracy, but that this media is also unpopular by those who wish to control others.
(Here is part two of that interview.)