The last decade has seen dramatic changes in the U.S. political process. The advent of social media and other new forms of expression have enabled an unprecedented number of citizens to enter the political arena by expressing their opinions about issues and candidates in ways that can influence untold numbers of voters and officials. But the vast majority of politicians have not fully grasped how social media has fundamentally changed the process of communication or adjusted to the dramatic shift in political power that is taking place.
Written by experts on the intersections of politics, public opinion, and popular culture, this book examines how new media have brought political “power to the people” like never before, provided new channels through which politicians communicate and attempt to influence public opinion, and caused a game-changing shift in political power. Volume one focuses on how savvy politicians are learning to communicate in new ways via new media in order to enhance their political appeal. The second volume examines the various ways in which individuals or groups who use new/social media are affecting voters’ decisions, applying pressure to elected or appointed officials, and influencing the direction of the country.
- Covers key political and cultural issues in today's discourse—such as gay marriage, race, gender, "big data," and hyper-surveillance—from a variety of perspectives and a broad range of contributors
- Provides informed analysis of social media eruptions and their potential to change and shape political discourse
- Supplies an analysis of power that highlights the forgotten core of politics and political communication