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Twitter, Facebook, You tube, Oh my!

For a term that was foreign 10 years ago, Social Media has had an immense impact on the political world and everyday news. Social media is a two-way street that gives one the ability to communicate about what can be read and seen. The technology behind Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo and other various news sites has allowed many people who may have been ill-informed before, to be become active in current happenings. It is also another way to compare one source of printed media with other sources throughout the country.  Through the invention of Social media, the ability to express ones thoughts and ideas can now be accessed much quicker. Citizens can now engage in the issues that are of high importance to them;they are able to share certain ideas and connect with those who have similar views.  Social media has the ability to open people’s eyes, especially for those who may not be as involved in the news, politics, or social networking. It shows them an accessible way to involved and be fresh on current events, as well as getting aquainted with the democratic process. Social media is becoming known as a new approach to politics, government and worldwide news.

  In politics, Social Media has become very important for campaign advertising, news coverage, and even soliciting campaign contributions.  One example where a major change occurred due to the effects of  social media was when the Susan G. Komen foundation was forced to reverse their course on Planned Parenthood, shortly after a public outpour of their decision to quit funding their organization. This past January millions of people signed online petitions and contacted members of Congress, protesting to pass poor legislation on online piracy. Due to these factors,  Lawmakers were forced to withdraw the bills. Another more recent example of a social media out pour is the Trayvon Martin case.  Many citizens were bothered by this 17 year-olds death but, what was anyone going to do about it? As soon as this innocent boys shooting made headlines, people all over the U.S. were in shock.  Online protests and pettions against Zimmerman, Trayvons killer. The protests began on began the morning after his shooting on a fairly new website,  MoveOn.org. People began sharing petitions on their twitter page and in just one day, the amount of signatures went from 75 to over 75,000, currently having 479,000. These examples clearly show that in order for our democratic system to remain stable, citizens must believe they have the ability to influence the outcome of the government’s activity.

Having the opportunity to blog on political and current subjects has helped me keep in contact with what is happening in our world on a day-to-day basis.  My opinions have been completely altered in certain situations because I am much better at being able to see different viewpoints.  The way our class has been set up has really helped my understanding of the entire political system, along with news papers, magazines, politcal newspappers and even blogs. These varities of social media have broadened my views about the government and all that it really does.

  1. govmollya
    May 2, 2012 at 9:52 am

    “people signed on line petitions” online.
    “andeven soliciting campaign contributions” and even
    Very well-written. Along with the two MINOR mistakes above, I suggest you go back and reread one more time. There were a few commas here and there that need to be added. I don’t really know what else I could say that would help you perfect this. You did a great job.

  2. username2013
    May 2, 2012 at 10:01 am

    you need a thesis, a focused and cohesive viewpoint that is substantiated by effective supporting examples or links to relevant, up-to-date websites or documents that enhance the information presented. also images, media and text created by others display appropriate copyright permissions and accurate citations.

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