How technology has shaped the 2012 presidential election

 

It’s finally here – Election Day. I hope everyone who is registered to vote has already exercised or will exercise their right to vote today. While we await Election Day night and those late night results, let’s reflect back on the election. Technology has played such an important role in this election. From election apps to keep voters informed on the issues at stake to trending election-related Twitter hashtags. I came across the CNET news clip below that looks at how technology has been changing the presidential election. Check out the video here: http://cnettv.cnet.com/election-2012-tech-advantage/9742-1_53-50133905.html.

Who knows, maybe in four years online voting will become a reality. After all, victims of Hurricane Sandy in the state of New Jersey has been able to submit e-mail ballots. Of course, voting online does raise security issues. We’ll see if the 2016 election will bring in the era of online voting, just like the 2008 and the 2012 elections have brought in the era of social media in elections.

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Social media and its powerful influence in Election 2012

 

I came across this interesting news piece about how social media has impacted the 2012 presidential election and I thought I would share it. Watch the video below and feel free to leave your thoughts about the role of social media in this election!

 

 

Election 2012 on Twitter and Facebook

 

It’s quite interesting how Twitter and Facebook have played such active roles in this election, especially Twitter. There have been so many popular hashtags that have come out of this election, including #Romnesia, #TheRealRomney, #AreYouBetterOff, #BindersFullOfwomen, and #Horsesandbayonets. And Facebook has created groups based on references in the debates, such as a page in support of Big Bird in regards to Mitt Romney’s defunding PBS comment and a page based off of Mitt Romney’s “Binders of women” comment.

Facebook has been pretty abuzz with political memes and political-related Facebook pages sharing tons of information in support of their chosen candidate and against the opposing candidate. The sad thing is these political pages are very proactive, whereas most Facebook users, at least the ones I am friends with, are more apathetic. I probably have only about five Facebook friends out of 192 who have shown active interest in the election in regards to sharing political posts in support of the candidates.

Could this lack of political posting be a sign of voter apathy? Perhaps. I have seen one or two friends who posted about hating politics. Or maybe it’s because they are afraid to voice their own opinions. Facebook can become a nasty place in regards to politics if you strike a chord with the wrong person. This I have learned from experience. Regardless, I still think it is important to let your voice be heard. Don’t be afraid of what others with opposing views will think. Show them that you are your own person who refuses to let your voice be silenced by them.

Social media can be a wonderful and powerful outlet for sharing opinions. I just think that more users need to learn to respect opposing views and not attack posts that go against their beliefs. And if they must engage in a debate on Facebook, do so in a respectful manner and make sure facts are checked before used in an argument.

Most importantly, don’t delete someone just because they share opposing views. I read an article that mentioned that more people have lost friends on Facebook during this election due to their political postings. Yes, postings that are anti-the candidate I support upset me a little. But I keep it to myself and just scoff at them in my head. We just all need to learn to play nicer on social media in regards to the presidential election.

Presidential elections in the age of social media and smartphones

 

I figured I would do more of a political post today after the social media world is abuzz today after last night’s final presidential debate. No, I will not be espousing my political opinions, since this is not a political blog, even though lately I wish I had a political blog to share more of my views beyond Facebook. No, I wanted to talk in general about how the presidential election process has evolved in regards to the public and how we share and consume information now on social media and our smartphones.

This election and the 2008 election really involved the use of social media, which had been a relatively new venue of spreading the word in political campaigns. I think this election has been the most social media-active thus far. I created a Twitter over the summer to finally see what the hype was about, but I just use it to follow politics and my favorite celebrities. If I don’t check up on my Twitter app on my phone for a few days, I come back to more tweets than I could possibly want or have the time to go through. The presidential candidate I am voting for has been tweeting a lot to help voters become the most informed and up to date on what is going on in the election.

In regards to my personal individual use of social media and my smartphone, I have become very interested and passionate about this election. I have been sharing information I find important on my Facebook and have been making my voice heard. I check my CNN news app every day and have shared election-related news articles on Facebook. I also have had quite a few political conversations with friends via text, and have shared a lot of articles with my boyfriend, who shares the same views as I, via apps and the Internet through text messaging.

I have also viewed several political videos via my phone during this election, whereas I otherwise rarely watch videos on my phone. I even watched part of the beginning of the third debate via the CNN app on my phone because I wasn’t at home for the first 10-15 minutes. This I thought was really handy, especially for individuals who may not have cable.

The ability to watch the debate anywhere if you don’t have immediate access to a TV or laptop is definitely a huge plus in the evolving world of technology. Granted, the video wasn’t the best and the picture went out a few times, leaving me with just the sound, but I think that was due to being in a moving car going through varied signal areas.

This election is definitely the most social media, Internet, and smartphone-connected election thus far. Which I feel says a lot about how much technology has evolved and how there are so many more channels of information out there to keep voters more informed than ever.