How technology is harming American democracy

September 19, 2016

By Rick Newman
Yahoo! Finance

What in the world is wrong with Congress? There are many theories, ranging from the flood of money into politics to a coarsening, Kardashianesque society. But here’s one cause you may not have thought of: the same digital technology that brought us the Internet, smartphones and GPS. Former Democratic Sen. George Mitchell of Maine cites technology as the leading factor behind the decline of Congress during the last 25 years. “Technology, which has so much enhanced our lives, can also be used for not good purposes,” he tells Yahoo Finance in the video above. “Technology has enabled a far more political drawing of Congressional district lines.”