Social media is disconnecting the Labour party from the majority of voters, Tristram Hunt suggested in a speech last night.
The MP, who resigned from the shadow cabinet following Jeremy Corbyn’s election, claimed Labour’s digitally-based “new politics” of “Twitter-led mobilisations” and “perennial demonstration,” was making the party lose touch with the electorate.
“There is a risk, I think, with what we might call ‘algorithm politics,” he told an audienceat Sheffield University.
“What the algorithms which underpin our digital lives do is take information about us and fire similar information back at us.
"Google’s skill at offering you what it knows you like is now directing you towards what you want to hear, from people like you. And I think this is radicalising political opinion amongst the congregation – from left to right - emboldens group-think and disconnects the hyper-engaged from the sentiments of the wider electorate.”
Now this may well all be true, although quite why Hunt believesRead More »from What does Tristram Hunt really know about connecting with voters?