New Media and Politics
This seminar explores the introduction of the plethora of new media and social media into the political process over the last 35 years, including cable television, talk radio, blogs, Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and more. Students will dissect the impact that these media have had on electoral politics, the policymaking process, public policy, democracy and political culture. The class will also ponder what affect some of the byproducts of the new media environment, such as echo chambers, and citizens who receive news from sources whose fundamental goal is entertaining, not informing, have had on politics and policy. Finally, this seminar will address the impact of new technologically based political techniques, such as microtargeting and geotargeting, that have allowed the electorate to be sliced and diced into smaller, more homogenous groups.