Politics. They can be the bane of our existence yet are crucial to creating laws that allow us to live as a civilized society. Generally, people fall into two categories politically. They either don’t care very much and show up during major election years to vote on someone based on one or two topics that mean something to them, or they’re avid supporters of a particular candidate/party and they eat, sleep and breathe politics and spew that rhetoric onto any passerby they can find. The majority, though, seem to fall into the first category. They follow politics to a point based on their interests and areas that might impact them, but truth be told…they really don’t know the full scope or see the big picture. Are you pro-choice? You must be a Democrat. Want taxes lowered? Better be a Republican. The articles and news stories put out to the public don’t always clear things up. The average viewer thinks of their politicians as talking heads, and boredom can set in quickly.
Social media is changing all that. Did you know at the end of the day, that politician is a regular human being just like you and I? They go home, take off their shoes, perhaps enjoy an ice cold beer, and relax with their family. They watch silly sitcoms and laugh out loud at dumb humor. When they’re home, they’re not thinking about laws. They’re being real human beings. There are websites and open forums that can do interviews with politicians using real-time commentary that can allow some of their real personalities to come out in a live format. The problem with traditional news sources is that answers in interviews can be canned and formatted. There’s a publicist on the side letting the politician know what is right and wrong to say. There’s an editor going over the interview before it is published, cleaning it up to project a certain image. At the end of it all, you have this perfectly polished little interview that shines and sparkles, but doesn’t give one hint of who that person really is beneath the political exterior.
With an online discussion, you get that politician uncensored (to a degree). You get to hear them answer questions off the cuff. You get to hear them discuss their political agendas in their own words rather than off a teleprompter or using some unknown speech writer’s words. This use of social media is a way to break down the barriers between the politician and the public. The intent is to create more of a bond with people, which in turn may help them gravitate to the politician’s way of thinking, with an ultimate resolution being obtaining their vote. It’s hard to get out there to shake the hand of everyone…technology makes it “virtually” possible.
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