When the first edition of this book was published in 2001, none of us owned an iPod or an iPhone; there were no social networking sites like Facebook or video streaming sites like YouTube to occupy our time; we had not heard of Twitter or Wikipedia. Back then Barack Obama was teaching constitutional law at the University of Chicago. Yet by the decade’s end, Obama was living constitutional law, having won the US presidency on the back of a campaign that deployed Facebook, YouTube and many of the other communications innovations that have become part of everyday life for many — but significantly, not all — citizens of the modern world.
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