Game Change?

By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  May 30, 2012

Of course, the Komen story seems to have been driven as much by mainstream media coverage as netizen revolt. And another online phenomenon of recent months — the Kony 2012 video that briefly focused the nation's attention on an obscure Ugandan warlord — took its own quirky path.

Indeed, all three stories — the SOPA campaign, the Komen controversy, the Kony video — can be viewed as standalone exceptions, says Nicco Mele, who served as webmaster for Howard Dean's presidential campaign and now teaches classes on the impact of the Internet on media and politics at Harvard's Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics, and Public Policy.

But collectively, he says, they suggest something more — "that the political institutions of the United States are in flux." In flux, indeed.

David Scharfenberg can be reached at

< prev  1  |  2  |  3  | 
Related: Islamophobics Anonymous, Gifts of the magi, The debt crisis is only on hold, More more >
  Topics: News Features , Politics, netroots, national,  More more >
| More

Most Popular
Share this entry with Delicious
  •   LIBERAL WARRIOR  |  April 10, 2013
    When it comes to his signature issues — climate change, campaign finance reform, tax fairness — Whitehouse makes little secret of his approach: marshal the facts, hammer the Republicans, and embarrass them into action.
    A key Brown University oversight committee has voted to recommend the school divest from coal, delivering a significant victory to student climate change activists.
  •   HACKING POLITICS: A GUIDE  |  April 03, 2013
    Last year, the Internet briefly upended everything we know about American politics.
  •   BREAK ON THROUGH  |  March 28, 2013
    When I spoke with Treasurer Gina Raimondo this week, I opened with the obligatory question about whether she'll run for governor. "I'm seriously considering it," she said. "But I think as you know — we've talked about it before — I have little kids: a six-year-old, an eight-year-old. I'm a mother. It's a big deal."
  •   THE LIBERAL CASE FOR GUNS  |  March 27, 2013
    The school massacre in Newtown, Connecticut spurred hope not just for sensible gun regulation, but for a more nuanced discussion of America's gun culture. Neither wish has been realized.

 See all articles by: DAVID SCHARFENBERG