2017/03/02 Andreas Jungherr

Which Political Side Profits from the Internet?

For a piece in The New York Times on the role of the internet in democracies, Thomas B. Edsall reached out for a quick assessment of which political forces tend to profit from digital technology:

It seems to me this is not a question about ideological placement but more about organizational or movement strategy. As long as I am in opposition, the payoff is higher in investing in digital infrastructure and thereby channeling the activities and enthusiasm of my supporters than when in power. So I would expect a re-emergence of political activity, for example in the form of alternative news sources, on the liberal side in the coming years.

Thomas B. Edsall. How the Internet Threatens Democracy. The New York Times. 2017/03/02.

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