The Digital Politics Trilogy
The Digital Politics Trilogy provides a prospective exploration of political and voting technology and its impact on the democratic process.
Excerpt: With the invention of the internet, social media, and ecommerce, we have experienced the growth of a new system, the Digital Public Square, which generates revenue through two means, above all: participation and consumption. Social media, search engines, online advertising, e-commerce, all have a significant monetary incentive to increase participation. As a result, these systems have been carefully optimized to enable higher user input, communal interaction, and engagement. The Digital Public Square, which has been leveraged for increased participation, is also designed to increase online consumption of media, content, goods, and services. The internet has manifested into a Public Square in the truest sense of the word: a place in which people walk from stall to stall (search engines), engage with vendors (ecommerce), watch street-performers (media), or communicate with each other (social media).
The day after the 2024 Presidential Election, Senator Sarah Folk (R-Virginia) started the New Luddite Movement with the symbolic smashing of a million smartphones in the National Mall. A growing faction in the Republican Party was threatened by Digital Voting, after witnessing higher voter turnouts in blue states that enabled the technology. The New Luddite Movement is an American conservative movement, strongly affiliated with the conservative, nationalist wing of the Republican party. Senator Folk and other New Luddites have called for the elimination of Digital Voting, in order to reduce perceived voter fraud. During a rally in North Carolina, Senator Folk stated that "Digital Voting has given our sacred privilege of voting to the illegal immigrants. Digital Voting is the easiest way for immigrants to vote, and it is a danger to our democracy."
In 2021, Alabaster Dairy met with Congressman Richard Taft of Pennsylvania’s 10th Congressional District to discuss his reelection campaign. During these meetings, Alabaster Dairy executives pledged to support for Taft not only with campaign donations, but also with a proposal to embed political messaging in support of his candidacy into the company’s dairy advertisements. Congressman Taft was a proponent of large agri-businesses and Alabaster Dairy executives saw Taft as a critical ally to expand dairy operations within the region. Taft agreed to receiving this new form of political endorsement and Alabaster Dairyenlisted Apella Analytics to target online advertisements to certain local constituents.