Cameron's Conservatives and the Internet: Change, Culture and Cyber Toryism
By Anthony Ridge-Newman Buy online @ Palgrave Macmillan
Publication Date: November 2014
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Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
The internet is changing the way many of us interact and communicate. But how is it impacting on more historically traditional institutions like the British Conservative Party?
As more web-applications spring up as part of our everyday lives, how are political parties responding to these wider changes in the ways in which we interface with technology and one another?
Using David Cameron's Conservative Party as a case study, the book examines the role of specific internet technologies like blogs, email, ConservativeHome, Facebook, MyConservatives, Twitter and WebCameron in the organizational culture of the Tory Party. Benefitting from both academic and party insider perspectives, the book presents the case for the emergence of a new technological subculture within the party, namely 'Cyber Toryism'.
Preface and Acknowledgements
1. Cameron's Conservatives and the Internet
2. Tory Elites and Centralized Internet Operations
3. Blogs: The Conservative Home?
4. Facebook: New Face of Conservative Organization?
5. In the Net: Joining Cameron's Conservatives Online
6. Surrey Conservatives and the Internet
7. Anglesey Conservatives and the Internet
8. Cyber Toryism
Dr Anthony Ridge-Newman has diverse expertise in academia, communications, politics and media. He conducted the ESRC funded research on which this book is based at the University of London, 2008-11. During that time, he was a councillor for Virginia Water and a parliamentary candidate for Ynys Môn |Anglesey. This first-hand experience was embraced in the book using ethnographic methods.