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+@#9bit™: 9 Concrete, Specific Things We Actually Know About How Social Media Shape Elections

Nearly a quarter of American time spent on the Internet is spent on Facebook. 15 percent of online Americans tweet. Two-thirds of Americans use a social network.

And there’s an election in November.

Opinions about the Internet’s potential effects on politics range from the thoughtlessly utopian to the haughtily dour. We don’t often get a reality check.  How do social media actually shape elections?

http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2012/08/9-concrete-specific-things-we-actually-know-about-how-social-media-shape-elections/261425/

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