Thanks to the polarization of the American media and public discourse, she noted that the middle ground of public debate has slipped away. Per a report in student newspaper The Clarion, she also acknowledged that her medium is no longer king of the political message delivery system:
“Twitter is more important than television,” Stahl said. She felt that politicians can now argue from a new platform that changes the United States from being a representative democracy, to a direct democracy when they “tweet” issues and gain large numbers of followers of their own ideas and issues.
Stahl also suggested that whereas the old three-network TV landscape brought Americans together, Twitter drives them apart. She’s right. One of the great #ironies of the little bird is that it facilitates antisocial opining.
[Stahl’s speech was also videotaped for posterity. To view or bookmark, click here]