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Social Media and Politics: How This New Platform Changed Political Discourse

People in general are more vocal about their ideas and opinions regarding politics; but then again, they always have been. So what makes it more visible in today’s world? The answer takes two simple words: Social Media.

Today, we would like to take a look at how social media has changed political discourse as a whole—regardless of the country it is in. Let’s get started!

Social Media and Its Effects

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When it comes down to it, social media has really changed a lot of things. Back then, people were more inclined to keep personal information to themselves. In today’s world you would find it stranger when people don’t share what they had for lunch or what they were planning to do for a particular holiday or event.

In the world where information is so readily shared, what does that mean for the world of political discourse? Here are a few noticeable changes that we’ve seen:

People are visibly more vocal

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You would be hard-pressed to find a social media platform that isn’t used to express one’s thoughts on recent political developments. It isn’t just for everyday individuals. Even celebrities make use of social media to express their outrage, their dissent, and even their agreement regarding newer policies which are enacted upon by the ruling government.

People share news faster

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Back in the day, one had to rely on the newspapers or the radio broadcasts to stay abreast of updates regarding politics, political figures, and the general decisions which affect the lives of many. Social media has made sharing information and spreading information faster than it takes to blink. Someone could upload a piece of news or a quote and it could reach millions—especially if the person that shares it is a reputable individual or an account owned by a media outlet.

Social media made things more toxic

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Not every aspect or result of social media interaction is a positive one. The visibility in which one share’s their political ideas now makes them a potential target for harassment by people who do not share the same ideas or political leanings. Usually, disagreements were in person as opposing sides would meet on the streets during protests or campaign season—now the battlefield has become digital and social media has become the perfect tool for using words as weapons.

Social media platforms are used in ways that the creators never expected. Instead of just being used to share personal pictures, social media has been used to share quick news updates and their ideas in a swift manner. The range in which their thoughts are spread is quite vast and cannot be understated. This is only one of the few ways that social media platforms have changed political discourse for good.

So there you have it! We’ve pointed out a few ways that social media has changed the face of political discussions. What ways have you seen it change things? What personal examples can you cite?