How Social Media Platforms Are Changing The Political Landscape
By STEPHANIE WOLOSHIN
Technology has rapidly changed society has transformed the world of politics. In the modern era, people receive most of their political information through popular social media platforms.
Snapchat offers live post events such as the Grand Old Party (GOP) debate and has enabled its viewers to obtain insight into the campaigning process through their live posting in Iowa.
“I use Snapchat’s live story to look for political news. There I can find out things very easily since I use Snapchat all the time. I can just swipe to the right and I have every thing,” said Sarahlina Castillo, freshman.
Due to the exposure to these candid moments, voters become more informed about their favorite candidates. Similarly, politicians use Twitter as an up to date method of interacting and responding to the ideas and concerns of voters.
Politicians use Twitter to share their opinions. Interestingly, the posts by candidates can be light hearted and serious. Hillary Clinton tweeted on Feb. 2, 2014,
“It’s so much more fun to watch FOX when it’s someone else being blitzed & sacked! #SuperBowl.”
While on Sept. 16, 2015, she tweeted, “We need commonsense reforms that keep weapons out of the hands of criminals and the violently unstable and respect responsible gun owners.”
“I use Twitter the most for news because I like how you can go and reblog stuff. Twitter is interesting because you can tweet to who ever you want and you can also see who they have on their account,” said Betsey Jefferies, freshmen.
“I like getting news from Twitter because it is usually accurate. It is better than watching it on a TV because it is instant and quick. I think that it makes people more aware because they are always checking social media rather than the newspaper. I think that it is interesting to see what politicians think not only on their own personal social media accounts,” said Allyson Miller, freshman.