In a world of global information flow and almost organic interconnection, the influence of traditional ‘government’ may be on the wane. For now, this spreads a sense of disconnection. Distrust. A lack of faith. It may soon resolve into a sense of great opportunity … a way, at last, to make politics and government truly responsive to community sentiment and need. For now, the protracted election campaign of 2013 has pushed these issues to the foreground.
Jonathan Green, author of The Year My Politics Broke, uses events of the campaign and elsewhere in current Australian politics to examine this time of change we are living through and the ideas nibbling at our traditional political structures. Have we seen the end of ideology? Does truth matter in politics? Do we still have trust in traditional media sources, or do we know better than that now? What do leaders do again?