The Gray Zone:
There was an app for that. Did there need to be?
That question aside, I would like to propose that we think about the Atlantic's question in a more general way. I want to suggest, in fact, that the question highlighted above has some applicability far beyond the question of whether we need "apps" as we take part in politics. More and more, we are being invited to participate in life by way of one "app" or another, as though we need an "app" to be able to interface with real life. Banking, shopping, meeting the partner of your dreams. Don't you worry, "there's an app for that."
Almost always, as The Atlantic is suggesting, there actually "doesn't need to be!" All these "apps" don't really empower us, so much; they empower those who design and run the "apps," which track and catalogue our every move, our every thought.
I am thinking that it is probably time for a new organizing effort:
People For An App-Free Future
When I find out where to sign up, I'll let you know!