No internet, no Capitol riot: It’s that simple. Mainstream American political organizations assemble crowds, but rarely mobs. Advocacy groups don’t generally turn people against the institutions of government physically, and events like the Wilmington coup or the Brooks Brothers riot...Read More »
The following is an excerpt from the new 2021 edition of How to Use the Internet to Change the World – and Win Elections”. Note that some of these trends are in flux even a couple of weeks after I wrote these words, particularly the question of whether political Facebook ads will come...Read More »
The following is an excerpt from the introduction to the 2021 edition of “How to Use the Internet to Change the World – and Win Elections”. If I could describe politics at the beginning of 2021 in one word, it would be “unsettled”. As I finish this text, the world...Read More »
After Chaos in the Capitol, Facebook and Twitter Cut Trump’s Direct Line to the Public. What Took Them So Long?
So now we know what it takes for Facebook and Twitter to cut off Trump: an angry mob storming the United States Capitol. Before today, these companies had overlooked a lot. Consistent racism? Sad, but he’s a public figure. Lies and conspiracies? If people didn’t want them, they...Read More »
We don’t know how the Georgia Senate runoffs will go next week, but we already know a lot about American politics in the next two years. The Democrats are easy: Joe Biden will do his earnest best but fail the test of ruthlessness, while the ideological Left will form a circular firing squad...Read More »
Most of you will have read by now that former Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale (the first digital director to run a major presidential campaign) was tackled by police and forcibly committed over the weekend after he threatened to kill himself and his wife, whom he may have also abused. Now we...Read More »