In the first part of this series on the influence of social media in politics, I took a look at the benefits brought by the age of social media to politics. However, everything isn’t sunshine and rainbows – the influence wielded by the social platforms can just as easily have a bad influence. Continue reading
Social media is big. Bigger, in fact, than even the most liberal commentator would have predicted a decade ago. It influences every part of our life, where we go, what we do and how we do it, that includes playing a big part in politics. But is that a good thing?
In this two part series I will examine both sides of the social media in politics debate.
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Did anyone else happen to catch Michelle Obama on last Wednesday’s episode of Jeopardy? With a whole category of video questions related to the White House, it was a clever way for the Obama campaign staff to remind television viewers of some of the accomplishments of the incumbent President. Continue reading
I have always believed that everyone, whether they are a celebrity or an average person, has the right to express their political views. I remember back in the 1990s, when I was working as a newspaper reporter, there would always be a local eccentric who would run for office every election season, knowing they had no way of winning. But as one of my co-workers pointed out, it was their right as an American to run for political office. Continue reading
I may be in a minority here, but it’s getting harder and harder to tell when I’m watching politics from when I’m reading the conversations on some of my favorite blogs these days. As things change, money comes into the picture and a new wave of bloggers emerges, the “vibe” inside the social media bubble is feeling a lot less hospitable.
I don’t want to get lost in the who are the Republicans and who are the Democrats nonsense (although it would be a funny post if anyone else wants to write the damn thing), but what I do want to point out is this… At the moment, no matter what your leanings are, it has always been difficult to have a political conversation and it is starting to feel similar in Social Media. Continue reading