As we all have witnessed, 2011 has brought with it the boiling point of civil unrest in several autocracies in the North Africa and Middle East regions. Whether it is due to social media being introduced into these populations or just a coincidence is unclear. Although, it is clear that social media has been seen by [...]
The last 10 years have in no small part been a celebration of what the new media has become. It has emerged as something that enforces transparency, educates and excites the masses, involves the community, and redefines the economy. However, the internet has also emerged with a much more sinister side: as a tool to spread [...]
Ever since campaigns appeared to master the art of directly engaging volunteers and voters through new media channels and platforms, a question has loomed over the future of political use of these media: What happens after the candidates are elected? Barack Obama implicitly promised to bring youth and tech savvy to governance, and “Government 2.0” has [...]
The success of a politician’s election campaign is in large part determined by how effectively they can utilize the new technologies of their time. With the introduction of radio, it was all about who could speak better, with television, who could look better. Today it seems to be all about who can tweet better.
Obama’s 2008 campaign [...]
After the revelation that Jared Loughner—the gunman in the Giffords shooting—had posted a series of YouTube videos cataloguing his crazed thoughts, the attention in the mainstream media turned to the impact of vitriol in political commentary. While contributors on both the left and the right tried to paint the incident as an instance of extremism from [...]