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How Social Media Effects Politics

In our current day society, social media has a huge impact on the way in which we live our lives.  The most popular social networking website, facebook, receives hits from over 250 million daily users. According to pew research center “approximately 8 percent of Americans use twitter”. Nevertheless, how do these social media sites effect politics today; overall are they beneficial or harmful to our current political system?

Social networking sites can be used as tools to spread political information and views quickly and efficiently. Websites such as twitter and facebook can spread information much more quickly than that of pervious media outlets such as newspaper and local Television. The reason for this is because there are many more people on these sites who can repost or re-tweet important information making it more visible to other users on the site. In addition, with social media sites, there is no need to wait for television crews to arrive when something happens. This is because of how portable social medial can be, it something important where to happen it would be much faster for an onlooker to tweet the information on his or her phone rather then wait for a local news crew to arrive at the scene. For example when Osama bin Laden was killed the story got out almost instantly because a person living near the house where bin Laden was staying tweeted about the raid while it was happening, many hours before television reporters heard about it.

ImageSocial media Websites also help to “reach out” to a younger voters who are familiar with these sites and use them often. Since younger voters often use social media sites just like politicians do the voters can become more informed about the views of different candidates in elections and will be able to more accurately vote on who they feel is the best. Not only do social media sites help to inform younger voters but they also can encourage them to go out and vote on election days, the reason for this is that if they are more informed on different candidates views they will be more likely to vote. Also people often tweet reminders about elections on twitter which can help voters remember which day elections are taking place on so that they can go out and vote.

In conclusion, Social media Obviously plays a huge roll in how politics works in our country today. Not only can it aid in rapid and efficient spread of information, but it can also be used to help politicians connect with and inform younger voters about their political views. In addition social media sites help to filter out false information by allowing it to be read and reviewed by millions people through out the world

  1. May 2, 2012 at 12:50 pm


    First, there are several typos that you should fix, like when you say “it something important where to happen it would be much faster”. I also feel like you repeated the same idea throughout the majority of your post. I think that if you were to add another paragraph with new information from a credible source, that it would add a lot to your post.

  2. prestonkl
    May 2, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    Overall you have good points about twitter and facebook and how everything gets re-posted and re-blogged, but you might want to go back through and proof read because you have some typos and confusing sentence. Also you might want to reword your thesis statement because it doesn’t seem to flow well as it is.

  3. michaelmu13
    May 2, 2012 at 1:00 pm


    First, you need to make your blog start at the top to the right of where your first picture is. Also, you need to reread your blog for typos because I counted many. I think if you add more information from a reliable source to your paragraphs about the different types of social media and how young voters are associated with the social media, then i feel that your blog post would be stronger.

  4. May 10, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    … this may be just semantics, but… the sites themselves only convey information – it’s users who must develop creative ways to market themselves on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc. President Obama deserves much praise for being among the first political leaders to grasp the power of social networking and leverage the technologies to his advantage at election time – and help young voters to become more engaged and involved in the process

  5. Anonymous
    May 28, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    I think that you sir are have a good point.

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