During my third year at Boston University, I wrote a paper on the impact of social media on democratizing policy. It’s part of one of my big questions: does accessibility make good policy? And similarly, is democratic (popular) policy good policy?
I want to try looking more deeply into those questions, by biting off maybe more than I can chew and going for the literature/statistical analysis combo.
I hope to write a paper comparing presence of political leadership on social media and proxies for positive policy outcomes, like rising literacy and GDP and falling morality and incidence of internal conflict. Eventually I plan to have a good global comparison, but I may experiment with my methods in shorter, locally focused papers, comparing American counties for example.
As my experience with statistical methodology leaves something to be desired, this will be a big project in more ways than one. I will probably work on it, and study for it, between other smaller projects. Eventually, though, we might all learn something about how our internet connections impact our well being.
Or not. There might be no correlation.
Regardless, I welcome your ideas and the pressure a post like this puts on me to keep working on it.
Note: picture is of a portion of a fallen pillar at an ancient Greek temple.