political campaigning and social media

Watch the video of the panel. The panel took place on 16 April 2011.

The web has transformed political news and political campaigning. Powerful yet simple new ways of sharing and distributing information have complemented, or indeed taken the place of, traditional methods of creating consensus and hence the traditional methods of communicaton. But with the traditional media space now being to a degree bypassed, is there a greater risk of message triumphing over substance, of the hat taking the place of the cattle? Or is it the opposite, the fragmentation of the message board leading to more genuine political debate?

Dino Amenduni new media director Proforma
Stefano Epifani University of Rome
Sam Graham-Felsen blog director Barack Obama 2008 (in the photo)
Alessio Jacona NĂ²va24, new media and technology insert Il Sole 24 Ore
Micah L. Sifry co-founder Personal Democracy Forum
Antonio Sofi journalist and political consultant