Internet Becoming Tool of Choice for Negative Politics

Social networking sites are giving opposition researchers a whole new field to play in.

The growing popularity of Twitter, Facebook and other online social networks, and, of course, the Internet in general, is helping political dirty tricksters reach new heights -- or depths. And if you think this midterm election cycle was especially active, just wait until the jockeying for 2012 gets under way. Oh, by the way, that begins even before the smoke from this go-around clears.

To say there's a bright side and a dark side to politicking by way of the Web is an understatement.

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Associate Editor, The Kiplinger Letter