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The new politics: The revolution will be digitised

Tangled in the web

By Paul Hilder   May 2017

Snap happy: social media posts about Trump’s campaign helped propel him into the White House ©MATTHEW CAVANAUGH/GETTY IMAGEs

Last year was Year One of the west’s political revolution—our 1989. Just as statues of Lenin were toppled from plinths when the Iron Curtain collapsed, today the pillars of our own system are crumbling everywhere: from a failing European Union and free trade lobby to old media and calcified political parties. Despite the events of 1989 and 2016 being decades in the making, they managed to catch experts unawares. After the…

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