Politics

Backseat Moderating

It isn’t really my intention to get political in my Digital America column, because that kind of topic tends to almost immediately divide readers and force them to challenge their own personal beliefs by comparing them to those held by the men and women campaigning to represent them as elected…

Cyberutopian Politics in the 21st Century

Cyberutopianism*—or the belief in the power of the Internet to serve as an emancipatory and even inherently democratic force—is a set of ideals impinged with a seductive romanticism and one that has been embraced by everyone from independent, horizontal** groups like Anonymous to neoliberal political parties. Its 21st-century manifestation has…

Knife Fight in the Garden of Comments and Criticism

The avenues of the internet are lined on either side by buildings—some of majesty, constructed by award-winning journalists, others busted and bruised. Click bait pads for hustlers with shot out windows and a bottomless hunger. Porno flop houses, clearly, mixed amongst your Salon.coms and your Guardians and your Slant, with…