1) Read and review the article “The American Idea in 140 Characters”: http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/03/twitter-politics-last-decade/475131/ (Links to an external site.)
What did you learn about Twitter from the article? How is Twitter reshaping political dialogue?
2) On the Twitter, what are the messages being sent? Who are the senders? receivers? Are there any gatekeepers? (p.9) Explain.
Gatekeepers :(new editors, executive producers, ers, viewers, and consumers).
(450 minimum word count total for both questions. Please answer each question 1 & 2 separately. My questions do not count towards your word count.)
Twitter’s head of news, elections, and government, Adam Sharp, notes that Twitter has an impact on politics and political movements. With the election of President Barack Obama, Twitter gave rise to a group of opposition. The group was called The Tea Party movement which was formed by people from different geographic locations and shared the same ideas. Michael Patrick Leahy the founder of the hashtag Top Conservatives on Twitter (#TCOP) and also a major force for the start of the Tea Party movement (Newkirk II online). The hashtag #TCOT grew from a 30 member list to above 3500, and by early 2009, they held weekly conferences He points the formation of the party to isolation and anger by conservatives.
Republicans got a space to express their woes from 2008 after Obama’s election and Senator McCain losing a campaign. The auto-industry bailout in late 2008 created the perfect environment for conservatives to speak out to the outgoing Republican leadership. Other local Tea Parties came up such as Chicago Tea Party started by Rick Santelli (Newkirk II online).
There are watchdog groups such as Politiwoops that have ensured accountability by politicians. The open conversations between the politicians and voters and the presence of watchdog groups have caused the downfall of some politicians who were not mindful of their conversations on Twitter. Politicians, groups, and individuals with a mass following on Twitter have used this opportunity to grab political power and even using the Twitter influence for their benefits.
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