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.
Researchers in Europe studied three popular forums on the BBC website. They found that long threads of conversation are driven by a few, negative people.
Five Year Mission is an Indiana band writing songs inspired by Star Trek. They were the subject of an HCI/d course research assignment on music and music culture.
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.
Small pools rigged with sensors interpret water-based interaction and spark ambient cues to encourage you to swim when others enter their pools.
The reason for being interested in facilitating a relational approach to talking politics is to mitigate or reverse the violent consequence of polarization.
As humans, we are hard-wired to connect with others. Yet our societal debates are largely characterized by barriers to connection. Focusing in mutuality in relationships might change that.