The Big Disconnect: Why the Internet Hasn’t Transformed Politics (Yet)

The Big Disconnect: Why the Internet Hasn’t Transformed Politics (Yet)

Micah L. Sifry


Now that conversation should be as fast as notion, why hasn’t our skill to prepare politically—to determine earnings and past that, to keep up them—kept velocity? the net has given us either capability and velocity: yet revolutionary swap appears to be like whatever forever within the air, hardly ever manifesting, much more hardly ever staying with us.

Micah L. Sifry, an established analyst of democracy and its function on the internet, examines what he calls “The immense Disconnect.” In his traditional pithy, to-the-point variety, he explores why data-driven politics and our electronic overlords have failed or misled us, and the way they are often made to serve us as a substitute, in a true stability among electorate and nation, autonomous of corporations.

The internet and social media have enabled an explosive bring up in participation within the public arena—but no longer a lot else has replaced. For the next move past connectivity, writes Sifry, “we want a actual electronic public sq., no longer one hosted via fb, formed by way of Google and snooped on by way of the nationwide safeguard company. If we don’t construct one, then any thought of democracy as ‘rule by means of the people’ will now not be significant. we'll be a kingdom of massive info, through mammoth e mail, for the powers that be.”

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