Politics and Technology – The Minefield of Social Media

Published in The Huffington Post on Friday, 6th January, 2012.

The furore over Diane Abbott’s reckless tweeting during the past 24 hours has once again thrust the relationship between politics and technology back into the spotlight.

Throughout modern history, innovations in the way that we communicate with each other have had a profound impact on way that politics is carried out. The emergence of the print media, the telegram, radio and television have all revolutionised the way that politicians operate.

Today, the internet and 24 hour news organisations mean they must always stay on message or risk finding themselves embroiled in controversy – as Diane Abbott, like many before her, has so spectacularly demonstrated.

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