This year, a handful of web sites and technologies that had been reshaping the cultural, economic, and political landscape finally made a tangible dent on American politics. Among other things, videos posted on YouTube arguably tilted the Virginia Senate race away from George Allen toward Jim Webb; Netroots bloggers like Matt Stoller at myDD.com helped funnel Democratic funds to struggling candidates; and it was de rigueur for politicians, local or national, to set up user profiles on MySpace and Facebook.
This last phenomenon — the political use of social networking sites — is perhaps the hardest to quantify. While social scientists like Christian Williams and Jeff Gulati, whose work we profiled here, here, and here, have tried to find a correlation between support for a candidate’s Facebook profile and real-world votes, I’ve been more and more curious about how political action actually happens on social networking sites. Read more.
OSA Editorial Comments:
Now is the time to take action! Its time to say: “enough is enough” or scream out from the rooftops that “Were not going to Take IT Anymore!!” We must band together and force politicians, the Federal Government, and International leaders to make changes in how we treat Cyber Criminals.
The OSA network of websites is dedicated to providing resources, helpful information, and an exclusive e-book series, including our soon to be flagship project called Cyber Laws 2007 are all reasons to see what all the buzz is about.
The Senior Editor of OSA, Bill Wardell