– “How Big Data Broke American Politics”
“Big Data revolutionized the way American politicians win elections. In the process, it broke American politics.
Polarization is no longer just polluting the system — it’s paralyzing it. The deepening divide between the right and the left has largely hollowed out the center of American politics, from the politicians who once occupied the large “middle” to the voters who once gravitated to them.
Here’s our theory: The reason our lawmakers aren’t responding to the center of the electorate is because they’ve concluded (with ample electoral evidence) that they don’t need centrist or swing voters to win.
Why? Big Data — a combination of massive technological power and endlessly detailed voter information — now allows campaigns to pinpoint their most likely supporters. These tools make mobilizing supporters easier, faster and far less expensive than persuading their neighbors.”
“And the result is today’s crisis of governing, with the halls of Congress populated by lawmakers who feel beholden not to all their constituents, but only to their supporters,” by Chuck Todd and Carrie Dann, NBC News.