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Chasing the Dragon: Why the GOP Is Addicted to Negative Campaigning

Peter Paskale | Posted 05.17.2014 | Politics
Peter Paskale

There's nothing as politically intoxicating as a wildly baying crowd, and social media turned the dragon into a self-enforcing cycle. Negative politics are now instantly rewarded by the re-tweeting adulation of the base.

Why I'll Never Win a Blogging Award

Sheryl Kraft | Posted 05.07.2014 | Fifty
Sheryl Kraft

I write because that's what I love to do. I am a professional writer. And if given an assignment, I can write about just about anything. But blogging? That's different.

Social Media: Enemy of the State or Power to the People?

Pierre Omidyar | Posted 04.29.2014 | World
Pierre Omidyar

In my eyes, social media is one of the most important global leaps forward in recent human history. It provides for self-expression and promotes mutual understanding. It enables rapid formation of networks and demonstrates our common humanity across cultural differences. It connects people, their ideas and values, like never before.

5 Ways To Become an Effective Social Media Douchebag

Amil Husain | Posted 01.25.2014 | Technology
Amil Husain

This year people will spend more time on digital media than watching TV. TIME TO FREAK OUT!!!! You could loose your sh*t, or you could do the smart thing and cash in on the fear by becoming a social media expert.

How Many People Actually 'Like' the 2014 Candidates?

Madison Bondi | Posted 11.06.2013 | Chicago
Madison Bondi

What do I see when I look at the candidates' social media pages? Here's my breakdown of Facebook.

WATCH: How Social Media Is Changing Politics

commonwealth club | Mehroz Baig | Posted 09.20.2013 | San Francisco

The Commonwealth Club and The Huffington Post San Francisco present "Commonwealth Club Thought Leaders," an ongoing series of insights from the most i...

Twitter and the 2014 Election: Mysteries Revealed!

Madison Bondi | Posted 11.17.2013 | Chicago
Madison Bondi

Dan Rutherford is playing by the social media rules, Kirk Dillard is one of the most engaging candidates on the Twitter-sphere, people must really want to hear what Gov. Quinn has to say, and Bill Brady writes golden tweets.

Rauner Leads In Facebook, Quinn Rules Twitter In Social Media Race

Madison Bondi | Posted 11.12.2013 | Chicago
Madison Bondi

. We're following the social media trends of the six candidates for Illinois governor. The early returns show GOP candidate Bruce Rauner leading the pack in Facebook friends, though his numbers have begun to plateau after a meteoric initial rise.

Open Government

Eduardo Paes | Posted 09.21.2013 | World
Eduardo Paes

Democracy has to reinvent itself in accordance with this new "liquid society" where collaboration happens between many millions of people directly. Leadership is not vertical, as in the past, but horizontal.

What Do You Get When You Start Searching a Candidate's Name?

Madison Bondi | Posted 09.10.2013 | Chicago
Madison Bondi

You can learn a lot about a candidate with a Google search. But you can learn a lot about what people are wondering about a candidate if you let Googl...

Social Media Buzz-meter #2: How Social-savvy Is Gov. Pat Quinn?

Madison Bondi | Posted 09.02.2013 | Chicago
Madison Bondi

Last week we showed how the various candidates for Illinois governor stack up on their use of social media so far. Today we look at how Gov. Pat Quinn...

Could iPhone Videos Have Destroyed the Third Reich?

Lawrence Kadish | Posted 05.07.2013 | Technology
Lawrence Kadish

As we observe an anniversary of the end of World War II, it's intriguing to ask "Could the Third Reich have survived the Iphone?" The all-pervasive so...

Social Media as a Catalyst for Social Change

Kim Garst | Posted 07.02.2013 | Media
Kim Garst

Is social media getting a bad reputation? Is it a community-building tool that unites the world, or the biggest sinkhole for productivity known to mankind?

6th Graders Flex Their Social Media Muscles for Change!

Zachary Hayes | Posted 07.01.2013 | Impact
Zachary Hayes

Youth today are being raised in a digital community that is astounding in its breadth and power. However, certain practices and trends affecting these fledgling digital citizens, particularly those in social media, can be more than troubling.

Taking the Argument to Them

Phil Campbell | Posted 03.11.2013 | Media
Phil Campbell

By pursuing conversations with people about urban legends, conspiracy theories, and the nuttier political and social myths that pervade our culture, I've learned something about people: Our media-fueled "culture war" is in many ways an illusion.

The Bachelor, Jersey Shore and Election 2012: How to Shape Reality

Mike Edwards | Posted 01.23.2014 | Media
Mike Edwards

The news media likes to pretend that they are an unbiased filter; that they simply report the stories as the happen. The truth, however, is that election coverage ends up having a lot more in common with Jersey Shore than with C-Span.

Politics In The Social Media Age

Craig Kanalley | Posted 12.19.2012 | Politics
Craig Kanalley

The former White House Press Secretary for Bill Clinton is in a unique place to have a word or two about the ever-changing media and technology landscapes and their impact on politics.

Do You Hate Getting Political Posts on Your Facebook News Feed?

Larry Atkins | Posted 11.24.2012 | Technology
Larry Atkins

Personally, I'm OK with sending and receiving politically oriented Facebook posts, even when I disagree with my Facebook friends.

Democratizing Democracy

Eric Kuhn | Posted 09.14.2012 | Politics
Eric Kuhn

With the increasing prevalence of social media, everyone is looking for the "next big thing" in politics and technology. Here are five startups hoping to impact the political process.

The Tweet That Forgot to Shake the World

Andrea Grossman | Posted 09.11.2012 | Los Angeles
Andrea Grossman

Are tweets in different parts of the world taken more seriously than they are here? Do we get so many that we can barely pay attention to them as they fly in? What do we do with the information that we receive from tweets?

Social Media > Voter Suppression

Gerard Bush | Posted 10.06.2012 | Miami
Gerard Bush

Voter suppression in the sunshine state is alive and well under the tutelage of Gov. Rick Scott and metastasizing at a break-neck pace across the country, thanks, in large part, to a coalition of Republican and conservative governors.

Pinterest's Potential to Inspire Public Engagement

Steve Ressler | Posted 07.22.2012 | DC
Steve Ressler

When you think of Pinterest, your initial perception might be people planning their future weddings, posting their perfect wardrobes and pinning up their dream homes. But is there a place on this social network for government?

Triangulating Our Way to the Truth? (Excerpt)

Rory O'Connor | Posted 06.24.2012 | Books
Rory O'Connor

Every day, the single most important new trend within the digital information revolution -- the exponentially increasing amount of unvetted and unverified information now washing over us all -- continues to flashflood forward at a frightening pace.

Jason Linkins

Can Twitter Predict Election Winners? Should We Be Excited? (No.)

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.06.2012 | Media

If you watched the CNN's Iowa caucus coverage Tuesday night (or caught our highlight reel of the same), you probably were treated to another extension...

Political Fundraising: Out from the Shadows into the Social

Ricardo Garcia-Amaya | Posted 02.02.2012 | Latino Voices
Ricardo Garcia-Amaya

This year a new technological ecosystem comprised of a handful of technology startups has sprung and is turning political fundraising into a social phenomenon.