Friday, April 29, 2016

#120 / Snapchat Politics

Jim Rutenberg, writing in the April 25, 2016 edition of The New York Times, says that the 2016 presidential campaign may be a "Snapchat election." As the headline on Rutenberg's article says, "In This Snapchat Campaign, Election News Is Big and Then It’s Gone."

I am presuming that readers of this blog post know about the Snapchat app. As originally designed, Snapchat lets you send a picture to a friend, with the picture then disappearing within about ten seconds after it has been viewed. The program is being augmented, I understand, to do much more, but that is the original, and still the basic, concept. 

The point of Rutenberg's article is that the real "facts" of what politicians have either done or said are increasingly irrelevant, because they are more and more transitory. His article is worth reading. 

If nothing counts in politics but perception, and even perception disappears within hours, or within days at the most, then we can't really have a politics based on either facts or truth. 

What do you think? That could be a problem!

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