Politics Is No Longer Local. It’s Viral.

Jose Antonio Vargas (December 28, 2008) Politics Is No Longer Local. It’s Viral. Washington Post, B01.

“Looking back, I realize that it was on that Thursday night that a new political reality was cemented in my head. In the past, we’ve thought of politics as something over there — isolated, separate from our daily lives, as if on a stage upon which journalists, consultants, pollsters and candidates spun and dictated and acted out the process. Now, because of technology in general and the Internet in particular, politics has become something tangible. Politics is right here. You touch it; it’s in your laptop and on your cellphone. You control it, by forwarding an e-mail about a candidate, donating money or creating a group. Politics is personal. Politics is viral. Politics is individual.”