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March 20, 2010


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David Margittai

I absolutely agree with you that social media and social networking has a huge effect on elections. Everyone is on a plethora of social networking sites these days and it only makes sense that those who have more followers, subscribers, or "friends" are more popular than their counterparts. Because of this fact, many politicians have taken to social networking sites to get their messages out in new forms. They tweet, they post notes on Facebook, they post videos on YouTube, and more. These points get across better than traditional commercials and printed messages because it comes across as more personal than traditional statements, and people like and appreciate when things are made personal. I truly believe that the number of "friends" politicians have on social networking sites can be an extremely accurate way to gauge popularity and position in a race for a political seat.


I agree. Politicians are not only campaigning after the motivated supervoters, but they are also targeting swing voters and non-voters. They have data systems in which your interests, number of siblings, income, kind of car your drive,where you shop, your favorite websites, etc are revealed. This type of micro targeting and data collection allows politicians to target you with specific issues. These issues are important to you and could potentially sway your vote. I feel that these methods are devious and underhanded. We have become sources of data to earn a quick vote. I feel that new communication technology has made this data collection easier. However, it also gives us an easier way to seek out information about politicans and make more informed voter decisions.

Hawi Moore

This is nice I totally agree with it


this is nice.

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