This book explores the changes in political communication in light of the development of a public opinion mediated by web
2.0 technologies. One of the most important changes in political communication is related to the process of disintermediation,
i.e. the process by which digital technologies allow citizens to compete in the public space with those agents who, traditionally,
co-opted public opinion. However, while disintermediation has undeniably generated a number of advances, having linked citizens
to the public debate, the authors highlight some aspects where disintermediation is moving away from a rational and inclusive
public space. They argue that these aspects, related to the immediacy, polarization and incivility of the communication, obscure
the possibilities for democratization of digital political communication.