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Social Media Taking Over

Social media has the ability to reach an incredibly large amount of people, especially those of who are young. Social Media reaches young people in a way we will want to read it and it will gain our attention in 140 characters. In addition to that it is short and down to the main point. If we are involved in these social media sites people’s issues will be more prone to get attention and more involvement in the future. I believe there will be a big shift in how public figures are perceived and how campaigns are conducted through social media in the future.

The good things about social media are people can engage in groups of people whoagree with the same things they agree with.  These snippets of information that otherwise would not ever be seen allows people to be engaged in many forms of topics. Truthfully at my age and in these days I would not pick up a newspaper or a magazine article or sit down and watch an interview on TV unless forced to for school work. Social media allows me to not have to do those things. As I said before twitter only allows there are 140 characters which peek our interest and influence us, instead of reading the newspaper or watching TV interview which are usually long and can be tedious. Of course there are also risks to social media people can say things that aren’t true, people only see those 140 characters and don’t actually dig into the issue further; therefore leading them to believe something that is not fully true as well as being influenced in the wrong way. My personal option is that the good out ways the bad in social media. Social media may be deceiving it’s not simply just a communication tool, but actually includes the American public in substantive decision making were they feel like they can make a difference and get informed.

One digital democracy experiment led by House Republicans called “You Cut”, a social media hub where participants can suggest and vote on which government spending programs should be cut from the federal budget. Millions of votes were cast across the country to encourage the House to cut spending. The website gives a list of spending cuts we believe should be sponsored by the YouCut program all you have to do is vote.

Our government class has been using twitter in order to share our options on certain topics as well as follow our choice of candidates that share are interest. We can see how candidates promote themselves as well as their campaign rallies. Using Social Media in class has really opened my mind more into politics. It’s a way to educate the public as well as entertain. These days Social media is such a big part and will only continue to rise. Our future depends on technology and social media. I wonder how long until we see a winning campaign strategy that is purely social?

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