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Social media has become a social disease. People have lost their jobs over saying the wrong thing on Facebook or Twitter, and I have a feeling a lot more people are going to be shying away from social media in the future; especially as the Left becomes increasingly militant in their search for thoughtcrimes and […]

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In this AEI Events Podcast, AEI’s Michael Barone hosts Cass Sunstein, author of “#Republic: Divided Democracy in the Age of Social Media” (Princeton University Press, March 2017). Mr. Sunstein’s book explores how the internet once promised to be the great equalizer, removing barriers between people and fostering the exchange of ideas. However, today’s internet is driving political fragmentation and polarization.

Mr. Sunstein offers some possible solutions for social platforms which would allow users to see varying opinions. He discusses that exposure to opinions different that one’s own are essential in fostering a healthy democracy.

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Another horrific event occurs and my Facebook feed is once again polluted by what I call “Toilet Seat Activists.” It’s evidenced by the changing of a profile backdrops or the posts like: “Donald Trump is a Nasty, Racist, Poo-Poo Head. Like and share if you agree.” I also see personal editorials from the other side […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America celebrate with the pro-life community over the news that a California court is dropping 14 of 15 charges against activists David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt, whose undercover videos show Planned Parenthood illegally selling aborted baby body parts. They also express concern over the FBI’s reluctance to state that the Alexandria shooter was politically motivated. And they discuss reports that German police are raiding homes and interrogating people over controversial social media posts.

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America react to the horrific terrorist attack that killed at least 22 people and was aimed at young concertgoers in Manchester, England. They also discuss President Trump’s characterization of terrorists as “evil losers” and some of the social media reaction to the deadly blast. And they point out how difficult it is to stop an attack like this and why the instinct to turn every public gathering place into a fortress is not the right answer.

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So everybody tell me in the comments, who are your favorite people/organizations to follow and why? More

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Politics in the Social Media Age

 

On September 26, 1960, American politics left the radio age behind. In the first-ever televised presidential debate, radio listeners considered Richard Nixon the winner. But television viewers, while hearing the same audio, contrasted Nixon’s dark countenance with the sunny disposition of John F. Kennedy — and came away with the opposite conclusion. If there were any question that TV imagery would shape political campaigns, it was laid to rest four years later, when Johnson used TV advertising to define Goldwater in the public eye, and demolished him at the voting booth.

In a similar way, politics’ television age ended with another presidential debate: Obama vs. Romney, October 16, 2012. With eerie parallel, those watching TV thought Romney won decisively, dominating the substance. Meanwhile, those who consumed their news via the new communications medium — Internet social media — took away a very different impression. They learned that Obama would keep a steady hand on the wheel of state, whereas Romney would wage wars on Big Bird and women alike (keeping the latter in his special binders). Moreover, if there is any doubt that a new age has dawned, one need look no further than the 2016 election, in which Hillary’s TV domination was inadequate to overcome an opponent with mastery of social media.

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This morning’s trending topics on Facebook and Twitter. Maybe someone needs to unmask who runs social media. More

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Every so often, I remind my faithful reader (that’s my lovely wife; hi, honey!) that I spend time on Facebook. As most know, Facebook has devolved from a way to keep tabs on friends and family and their daily activities — accompanied by pictures of what they are eating — to a storm of political posts from whatever news source the poster happens to prefer. Even though I have many friends on the opposite side of the aisle, I’ve yet to defriend anyone from my list. I even read a lot of what they post.

One post that recently struck me was posted by a young woman from a church I was a part of in Oregon. For a while, we were in the same Bible study group. Just recently, she had her first baby, about a month before my wonderful son was born. So I’ve been following her, watching the progress of new mom and baby. Of course, she’s politically motivated on the opposite side of the aisle. Below, is a full quote from a post she made (note, it is a bit long):

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coleman-bonnerIn a surprising twist on the usual social media pile-ons, a left-wing Alabama man has just lost his job after posting mean comments about the victims of the Sevier County, Tennessee fires on Facebook. Bringing to mind the Left-wing social-media-fueled persecutions of Justine Sacco and Brendan Eich, this case is one where the Right has done the pile-on, and the man has apparently lost his job.

Perhaps it’s easier for me to make my point when I might be expected to be on the other side of this, and I can stand up for principle without people thinking that I have an interest in this man’s case.

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I generally poo-poo arguments that “social media is ruining political discourse”. I generally believe that more discourse is better than less discourse, that with any amount of discourse you’re going to get some that’s good and some that’s lousy, and therefore when total discourse increases you’re inevitably going to get more of the bad stuff along with […]

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I had lost touch with a high school friend in the 15 years or so since we both graduated, only to be reunited via Facebook a few years ago. After catching up on where our lives had taken us, I settled into the typical Facebook routine of seeing general updates about friends and family from […]

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Somewhat randomly, I went over to Hillary’s Facebook page to see what’s going on. The negative comments seem to be outperforming her minions something fierce. It goes on for a while like this, 3916 comments right now. More

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shutterstock_326771273I’ll admit it: I love social media. It’s opened worlds we never thought possible, much like the internet itself. Connecting friends and family while providing an endless supply of baby, kid, puppy, and prom pictures (whether you want to see them or not). It also provides first-hand accounts of live breaking situations and news, faster than we’ve ever had access to before.

What I’ve come to realize over the last several years is that not only do people use social media differently, some have no interest in the social aspect whatsoever. While we read posts all day long complaining about how social media stinks, that is a reflection on those users themselves. Ouch. Was that too real? Let me slow it down.

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Gizmodo is reporting that Facebook workers regularly suppressed conservative-related news stories from their site’s trending news section. While the trending news stories in theory reflect the most-shared stories by the site’s users, it turns out that there are actually paid “news curators” behind the scenes filtering and altering what moves to the top of the […]

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In this case, I hate the people at Tumblr, but I also am trying to make the point that hate speech is protected speech, and that we can’t have free speech without hate speech. If we don’t exercise our freedoms we will lose them, so I am exercising this one now. To this end I […]

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Sometimes, social media like Facebook and Twitter are the best sources of news available. Not even local networks of professional news provide the breadth, depth, or particularity of neighbors spontaneously joining together online to ask and answer questions. My hometown, just north of Houston, is currently flooded to an extent not experienced since I was […]

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So, I wanted to share this article from The Atlantic with my conservative friends on Facebook: More

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. Facebook Pages Are Lousy, but Campaigns Still Need to Drive People There

 

facebookIn this series, started just over a month ago, we saw how campaigns can be more social on social media, whether it’s Snapchat, Twitter, or Instagram. Now let’s talk about Facebook, the king of social media for several years now and most likely will remain so for the next few.

Every candidate and campaign should drive each of their supporters to “Like” their page. This means promoting your Facebook page everywhere, including print media with the URL (i.e., Facebook.com/RossForAZ).

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instagramEarned media — it’s easy if your name is Donald Trump or you are a sitting governor looking for re-election. But what if you’re an underdog congressional candidate looking to take on a sitting, but vulnerable, incumbent?

While earned media is not going to be easy for you to obtain, you now have media tools at your disposal to talk to the voter directly. One of the most powerful ones is the social photo platform Instagram. Instagram, along with Twitter, Facebook and Snapchat are changing the way that politicians interact with existing supporters and those in their district.

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