Presidential Campaign Shows Political Power Shifting to Network's Edge
I was talking with my old friend Jock Gill, who had called me late on a Sunday evening to rekindle a discussion we'd had years ago about how to leverage the Internet in the political process.
Gill, a retired White House staffer and now a part-time political consultant, had been a major source of inspiration for a book I'd written about the Internet and the political process, but that book was written twenty years ago, and naturally things have changed.
Gill's timing was fortunate because I'd been formulating my ideas on how the center of power in the Western world had changed. Political and economic power had resided in the center of society, those with enough money and connections to influence what happens in government, but that seems to be changing.
Instead, the source of power had moved to the great decentralized world of the Internet and the people who were controlling politics, business and economic activity were doing it through a fast broadband connection.
NEWS ANALYSIS: The source of political power in the United States has moved to the edge of the network, but so far there hasn’t been a good way to tap it.
This is more than a theoretical move. You can see the power of the people at the edge of the network simply by watching the 2016 presidential campaign play out. The two most dynamic players as this is written are Bernie Sanders, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for President, and Donald Trump, who is wrapping up his nomination quest by essentially running the delegate table.