Think Piece A
Technology and Political Participation
The way in which we communicate has drastically changed over the years, both technologically and culturally. Everything and everybody live a much faster paced life. That is why more and more technological devices like cell phones and computers were created. Unlike before when people communicated through mail delivered by horses, computers and the Internet have brought so much information at the convenience of your own home, and it is very accessible to all, reaching more people ever imagined all over the world.
Nowadays it is the new normal for politicians to use television and social networks like Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter to connect with voters. This has really shifted our political landscape. Not only that but politicians use of these technological advancements have allowed new innovative ideas like receiving funding through Internet use and more voter support at events on a bigger scale, that would of been unavailable to do so before. It is also easier for their voters (or anyone) to research their politician's campaign ideas and it gives voters the opportunity to provide politicians with voter feedback.
In 2008 Barack Obama used this shift to his advantage. During his candidacy he created the biggest arrangement of supporters with the use of the Internet. "YouTube users alone spent 14.5 million hours watching official Barack Obama campaign, Trippi said... [Plus] The Obama campaign used Google Maps mashups to help volunteers find local campaign resources and people to contact and try to persuade. And, of course, it used the Internet to solicit donations. Some 3.2 million people donated to the Obama campaign through its Web site."
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