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Trolling Is Now Mainstream Political Discourse


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Like experts predicted back in 2016, we are heading down the dystopian path. Trolling has become a mainstream form, if not the mainstream form of political discourse. Fueled by networked communication technologies, for better and for worse, everyone has a voice. Platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube have democratized participation.

Social networks take power away from central authorities and institutions, and push it to individuals at the edges. This idea predicates both the digital activism that helped elect Barack Obama to the presidency and the mechanism that turned the tables back around to elect our current president. The issues may have changed, but the means to campaign wins are largely one and the same.

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