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Twittering for democracy

17 September 2013

Twitter's implications for democracy — fast distribution under big media's net, plus the magnification of errors — receives a much-needed analysis by John Naughton in The U.K.'s Observer.

He notes that in the debate over Syria both M.P.s and Congressional reps cited emailed opposition from constituents, conflating Twitter with emaling, but points out that Twitter makes it possible to give representatives real-time feedback. Why they don't is an interesting question for research. My gut response: because we don't trust politicians to react im our interests.

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