So­cial me­dia’s re­la­tion­ship with pol­i­tics: Your thoughts

The Denver Post - - PERSPECTIVE - Chris­tian Riek­ert,

We asked Den­ver Post read­ers and Face­book fol­low­ers to an­swer the fol­low­ing: “When it comes to pub­lic pol­icy and pol­i­tics, has so­cial me­dia been suc­cess­ful? Em­pow­er­ing? Dis­grace­ful? Dis­rup­tive? A mix? And where do we go from here?” Here is a sam­ple of their an­swers.

It’s a bit of a mixed bag. The great thing about so­cial me­dia is it lets any­one, any­where share what’s on their mind. The bad thing about so­cial me­dia is it lets any­one, any­where share what’s on their mind. Ryan Robert­son, via Face­book

It has been a com­bi­na­tion of [em­pow­er­ing] and a waste. So many seem to think by post­ing their thoughts on FB, Twit­ter, etc, they have im­pacted pub­lic pol­icy. No, get­ting in­volved in your lo­cal po­lit­i­cal com­mu­nity makes the most dif­fer­ence. Votes mat­ter and they start at the lo­cal level. Do not ex­pect to just post some­thing on Face­book or show up at a “protest” out­side city hall to make a dif­fer­ence. Trey Wren, via Face­book

Dou­ble edged sword … opens com­mu­ni­ca­tion, but cre­ates deeper di­vi­sion si­mul­ta­ne­ously. Cou­pled with di­vi­sive rhetoric com­ing from ALL po­lit­i­cal sides is a recipe for an eter­nally di­vided na­tion. via Face­book

So­cial me­dia (via the in­ter­net), has set us back decades, or gen­er­a­tions when it comes to civil rights and democ­racy. There is sim­ply no ac­count­abil­ity for what is posted, there­fore pop­u­lar lies flour­ish eas­ily. Jonathan Hib­bert, via Face­book

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