The Future of the Political Pamphlet
However one sees it, there can be no doubt that the process of expressing political opinion changed drastically with the broadcast method, from method to purpose to outcome. The pamphleteer was once responsible for the analysis and agenda of the political pamphlet, but this has changed in broadcast models. Now the agenda and the analysis is achieved collaboratively in conversation online.
Whether we want to call this the end of the political pamphlet or simply the emergence of analytical depth as a crowd sourced entity, we can no longer call the political pamphlet the beacon on an island crying, “I am here, talk to me!” As the number of impressions in a single run has diverged from the number of readers can be reached, we have seen the opposite effect of the pamphlet alone on the island. Instead, it is on a subway platform, crowded in with so many others, crying, “I am here, talk to me!”