Netroots with Andrew Ham

screen-shot-2017-01-05-at-8-14-23-pmNetroots is a political column written by Andrew Siyoon Ham, and strives to produce bite-sized, accessible, and informative opinions and interpretations of political issues the people deserve to know more about. The trend of fake news circulating the internet has made it more important than ever for accurate representations of the political process to be reinforced in the media. The word netroots, a bizarre and wonderful word, alludes to this mission of illuminating politics through an online medium.

netroots (n):

Political activism organized through blogs and other online social media.

The term was coined by Jerome Armstrong and is used in his 2006 book co-authored with Markos Moulitsas, Crashing the Gate: Netroots, Grassroots, and the Rise of People-Powered Politics, in which they note “the netroots activist, much like the new generation of grassroots activist, is fiercely partisan, fiercely multi-issue, and focused on building a broader movement. It’s not an ideological movement — there is actually very little, issue-wise, that unites most modern party activists except, perhaps opposition to the Iraq war.”

– Political Dictionary