thenextweb.com - 2 years ago
Social media can bring down politicians, but can it also make politics better?
The enormous impact of social media on politics is undeniable: from fomenting political upheavals such as during the Arab Spring, to career-ending tweets such as those by British MP Emily Thornberry or US congressman Anthony Weiner, to providing the medium around which political tribes grow, from the Milifans to the indignados. Social media has become a channel through which information spreads, creating a new way of participating in politics for those not typically politically engaged. Facebook can even affect voter turnout which, while small, could be decisive. Jos Antonio Rodr guez Salas, mayor of the small Spanish town of Jun, Granada,… This story continues at The Next Web