As repeated many times, you have no reason to think that the existing democratic structures are at their best. Designing institutions is a very complex problem even for the most skillful of decision makers. Even when an institution works well at any given time, the social conditions in which all institutions operate are constantly changing. The implantation of institutions and their reform is inevitably a question of more or less ambitious fragmentary social experiments. According to which one of the strengths of democracy is its natural capacity to do these experiments and learn from them.
Media and democracy experience
In fact, democracies can experiment with their own organizations.For many reasons, the appearance of the Internet makes this historical moment particularly favorable for experimenting with its democratic structures. The means available for communication and information processing are changing the possibilities of collective decision making mechanisms. You do not fully know the possibility that internet mediated communication has to gather and generate knowledge to realize collective decision making processes and general news. But you should find out. You have just started doing it. People are building systems more or less large to do these things. Wikipedia is a famous example of how you can allow a large number of people, more or less anonymous to economically concentrate information dispersed on an immense range of topics.
New sites have become vital for information and communication also because they allow you to understand the management and technical programming of sites. The aggregate knowledge through these systems is not tacit but it is articulated and discursive and above all it is compared to the past. Similar systems are also used to develop new knowledge.At a lower level there are more omnipresent phenomena, such as forums, mailing lists, etc., where people discuss with similar interests. All these systems face complicated problems of coordination of their computer architectures, their social organizations and their cognitive functions. Often the participants do not know each other and this is the most important challenge to make mass democracy more participatory.
Conclusion: Media is deep inside
On the network, there are also bankruptcy experiments and even these are formative. They range from badly designed sites that do not attract to online groups that are very successful for their purpose but that are full of dangers like the thriving communities devoted to conspiracy theories or who pick up the frustrations of those who think they are being controlled by mysterious forces exterior. Another important aspect of the Internet is that all the experiments on the web are leaving many testimonies.People who use these sites leave behind accessible traces of their mutual interactions to the point that you can even know what they are thinking.