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New Populism, Social Media and Direct Democracy

Ingo Plöger Brazilian entrepreneur, Pres. CEAL Conselho Empresarial da América Latina – Brazil Large-scale political analysts are beginning to pay special attention to New Populism. Strongly supported by social media, a leadership emerges by not using “political correctness” to communicate, receives a growing amount of attention, direct dialogue, and finally, votes. The power of synthesis of Twitter’s 280 character limit makes communication very straightforward, blunt, and shallow. They are headlines and links that one can read in less than 2 minutes with immediate reactions. This mobilizing force has overthrown governments, settled in popular movements, and serves as an immediate protest […]
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