I am hearing lots of talk during the US primaries about change. But I haven`t yet heard any politician talk about digital politics.
We have seen the digital effect sweep through the economy, entertainment, sociality, culture and learning, to name a few. It is not unreasonable to suppose that this digital effect will come to politics, and that when it does it will transform things entirely.
After all, tthe digital effect is, first and foremost, a disintermediating revolution. And politics are about nothing if not mediation. The very idea of `representation` assumes a politician to devine and define our political wishes.
Well, I guess it is unreasonable to ask a politician who depends upon mediation to be the champion of disintermediation. But still, if the present candidates really want to look like leaders willing and able to take on the challenges of the present day, surely it is time for one of them to step forward with promises about the digital reinvention of politics.
I mean, we can work something out. We can grandfather them through to retirement. And the sooner they retire themselves, the better.
>it is time for one of them to step forward with promises about the digital reinvention of politics.
You would think so, but the urge to link to many Ted Stevens’ “It’s a series of tubes” YouTube clips is too overwhelming.
I don’t think Presidential twitter is a very appealing prospect, but it would be an interesting campaign promise.