Political disruption! This election season seems quite different from previous Presidential campaigns and it’s not just because its a Leap Year.
Similar to the phenomenon of “Innovative Disruption”, a term coined by Clayton M. Christensen 1995; it’s a changing of the guard. An abrupt move away from long standing established markets by new ways of marketing and new network markets.
But it’s also about voters in a digital world, their data collected and stored is failing to tell their story. When did Americans begin to feel left out, pulled in and tossed about, every which way but loose?
I’m not sure, but I think I became a little less passionate about politics in 2008, during that historical election when a woman and an African-American ran for the most powerful office in the world. Back then, news outlets hand pumped information via their own agendas and grew with advertising dollars.
It was then that I noticed my rose colored glasses weren’t tinted, they were tainted. And in true visionary fashion, I’ve been squinting in the dark ever since.
So, as this political season started out in mass confusion, that is too many candidates, I shrugged and thought, who cares? Hell, we’ve been buying technology in beta format for years. Troubleshooting, hacking and fervently downloading bug fixes and we’ve become accustomed to incomplete software and swiped malware into our homes.
It stands within reason, that we’d accept candidates who are trending on social media platforms, as if “Likes” and “Follows” gauged the qualification of a U.S. Presidential candidate. As if streaming live video and on-demand news would expose a candidates’ flaws like pixels in the image. And without our having noticed, the political arena became ripe for disruption, like a cracked system failing its citizenry.
But, what would happen if we sat this election out? If being weary kept us off the battle field? What would happen to the gains we’ve made? Even now, as we revisit Roe versus Wade for the umpteenth time and protestors scream at Planned Parenthood sites… under scrutiny still, after so many years… really?
How slow do we go before we realize we’re going backwards?
Voting, it seems is becoming another chore, and a rather huge inconvenience. Cynicism has weighed heavily, like an anchor and keeping dreams afloat a little longer by faith isn’t sustainable. Truth is, technology doesn’t even care. Like everything else, politics is ripe for change.
Off in the distant horizon of what was once a prairie, the American flag is waving… hello or good-bye? The digital world doesn’t need daydreamers, it demands visionaries. Be that!