Dave Meslin claims voter apathy is not about laziness or being selfish. It is a systemic web of obstacles placed before us that discourages political action.
The Web Ecology Project recently completed a two-week social experiment where Twitter bots tried to pass as human. This reminded me of a couple other projects related to fakery on Twitter, Truthy and Cyc AI.
Netflix, the industry leader in streaming digital movies, reportedly paid $100 million for the rights to an unproduced political television drama. This marks the first time the company will offer exclusive content of their own.
This proposed inquiry will attempt to articulate the dynamics of political discourse, as they relate to the political labels, advance preparation, and relational language. Understanding these factors may help guide development of a design framework for political forums.
A key part to finding value in the intersection of technology and politics is microactivism: the small-scale, many-to-many communication that facilitates political expression.
22% of all online Americans used social media for politics during the 2010 campaigns. More importantly, that use is no longer dominated by one political party.
Political forums are constructed on actor networks. As technology allows us to re-think how we govern, we also have to balance the value of expertise, diversity, and the structure of our networks to allow for both information flow and behavior change.