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How Social Media Imperils Political Parties
    Monday March 12, 2012 11:00am - 12:00pm @ AT&T Conference Hotel (Salon A) (1900 University Ave, Austin, TX 78705)
    Most things in our lives are now custom fit. If we want coffee, we can order it 50 ways. If we want to watch a movie, we can choose between Netflix, iTunes, On Demand, etc. If we need a restaurant review, we have OpenTable, Yelp, etc. However, for one of the most important aspects of our life, politics, we still have only two "meat or fish" options. We are also at a point where people are more disaffected than ever by political parties. A Pew post-election poll in 2010 found for the first time in modern American history, Independents outnumbered Democrats and Republicans in terms of party affiliation. This need for tailoring our lives has now met our distaste for political institutions. While political parties will always be a piece of American politics, their relevance is being severely diminished by the growth of social media. The biggest political movements in the last year (Wisconsin, the Arab Spring, the Tea Party movement) all came together OUTSIDE of political institutions, not from within (and largely due to social media). This panel will discuss this trend.

    Founder & Pres | Joe Trippi & Associates | Joe Trippi is one...

    CEO | POPVOX | Entrepreneur, lawyer, former Congressional Staffer...

    Global Vice Chairman | Hill and Knowlton Strategies LLC DBA Hill+Knowlton...

    New York Times Magazine Political Writer | The New York Time...

    CEO | Ruck.us

    Type Interactive, Panel
    Hashtag #sxsw #ruckus
    Theme Government and Global Issues
    Level Intermediate
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_IAP8744

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