Digital with protestors in Egypt after Hosni Mubarak

Digital media has influenced politics here in the United States because of televised campaign ads, internet released campaign ads, cell phones, computers, etc. These have played an impact by individuals having direct access to news updates, news casts, and any other information at the tip of his or her fingers. Digital media can also allow a political figure to slander his or her opponent. In every election I can remember it seems like which candidate can make the other candidate look worse. There is constant “digging up dirt” against the opponent. Digital media has taught us that nothing posted on the internet is safe no matter how safe you think it really is. Security and privacy settings can be set but we have learned that even with those settings anything posted to the internet can be found if the right people are looking. Politics have been included by digital media because anything and everything from their past that has been digitally stored has come back to haunt them, even if at the time it seemed like it had no repercussions.Before social media an individual retrieved his or her information from newspapers, mail, and word of mouth to mouth. In present day society, being the digital media era, an individual can retrieve his or her information at the tip of their fingertips. Whether is it clicking the power button to the television or, searching the internet on a cell phone or computer. In the week 2 class reading ‘Social Media and the Decision to Participate in Political Protest: Observations from Tahrir Square’ The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill conducted more than 1,000 interviews with protestors in Egypt after Hosni Mubarak resigned from being President (Remington 2012). The study found that interviewees used their Twitter and Facebook accounts to communicate about the protests. Some of the protesters communicated by E-mail while others took the old fashion route and communicated face to face. Even in other countries social media is made an impact of day to day life. In the United States digital media is everywhere; television, internet, radio, and cell phones. The United States see digital media as a part of the modern lifestyle; it is no longer classified as a luxury. School, work, everywhere you turn digital media plays an impacting role. In the week 2 class reading Digital humanitarian, we watched a video about how mobile phone power digital relief. Social media has been used to bring attention to numerous disasters around the world. In 2010 Haiti experience one of the worst earthquake in their history (DesRoches, M.EERI, Eberhard, & Mooney, 2011). Even though this happened in Haiti, Americans brought the attention to the problem and started a fundraiser to help the cause. The cause had helped save some of the surviving families.

I think social media has impacted the world both positively and negatively. I think the positive changes are everything you can imagine is available right at the tip of your fingers. A political figure can have direct contact with voters via YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat etc., being able to talk to them in real time it’s fast and convenient. Having direct access to voters has its downside as well, it allows for instantaneous backlash for something unfiltered being put out to the public. Social media allows a political figure to advertise online via YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat etc. for no cost versus advertising on television and having to pay for advertising time. Keeping up with current digital and social media helps you reach out to a wide variety of age groups. It can also cause a negative impact because you could find yourself potentially limiting your campaign to a specific age group. Some people not born in the digital age might not keep up with current digital and social media news.

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