12 The Internet and United States Politics
The Internet and United States Politics
This chapter provides a review and analysis of the Internet’s use in United States politics. Specifically, we examine the rise and development of Internet politics from its first use in a presidential campaign in 1992 to its use in the 2008 presidential campaign. We then examine five key functions of the Internet in political campaigns.
Before proceeding, however, we need to discuss our approach to this chapter. When writing the history of anything, certain elements and events will be included while others will be excluded. In this case, our review and analysis of Internet politics focuses on presidential campaigns.