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Social Advocacy and Politics: Social Warfare Seeps into the Mainstream

DrDigipol
It started as an episode of revenge porn. An angry ex-boyfriend posts a blog flaming his former girlfriend, accusing her of infidelity and leveling charges that she exchanged sex for favorable reviews of her work (a video game called Depression Quest and a review that apparently was never written).
Social Advocacy and Politics: Social Warfare Seeps into the Mainstream

Social Advocacy and Politics: Dear Voter, Regarding the Other Candidate

DrDigipol
I saw the latest Purina Friskies video “Dear Kitten, Regarding the Dog” and wondered if this was the future of political ads. Not only did the three-plus minute video prove, once again, that cats rule the internet, it also exemplifies the rise of storytelling in branding and persuasion ads.
Social Advocacy and Politics: Dear Voter, Regarding the Other Candidate

Social Advocacy and Politics: Marshmallows and Twitter Lists

DrDigipol
I've been thinking a lot lately about the marshmallow test and how it relates to social media strategy. In particular, how does the balance between instant gratification and delayed satisfaction play out when trying to grow your Twitter audience?
Social Advocacy and Politics: Marshmallows and Twitter Lists

Social Advocacy and Politics: Social Media and “Gotcha” Politics

DrDigipol
One of the things I love most about social media is the instantaneous way it allows people jump onto political gaffes. No sooner does a politician do something embarrassing when hashtags pop, Twitter accounts are launched and tumblr blogs start chronicling the funniest of these reactions.
Social Advocacy and Politics: Social Media and “Gotcha” Politics

Social Advocacy and Politics: Which Party Rules Twitter?

DrDigipol
A new study reveals whether major and minor social networks users are more likely to be Democrat or Republican. Do you have a guess for Twitter? Pinterest? It also shows which social networks have users who are more (or much less) politically active.
Social Advocacy and Politics: Which Party Rules Twitter?

Social Advocacy and Politics: Not for Wonks Only

DrDigipol
The Congressional Budget Office is now on YouTube, as well as Twitter. Government delivered to you! You might be thinking, “I have enough TV to watch. Why would I watch CBO testimonies?” Good question.
Social Advocacy and Politics: Not for Wonks Only

Social Advocacy and Politics: A Social Life Lived in Fear Is a Life Half Lived

DrDigipol
On the one hand, I am an avid user of social media. I use it professionally to promote what I think are important policy goals and I use it personally to stay in touch with family and an large network of friends I have gathered since I was a young boy. On the other hand, there is the “deadening, dehumanizing impact of social media on our lives, and our sex lives in particular.”
Social Advocacy and Politics: A Social Life Lived in Fear Is a Life Half Lived

Social Advocacy and Politics: When Viral Happens to You, Take the #IceBucketChallenge

DrDigipol
While you can’t plan to create a viral campaign, you can prepare to take advantage of one going viral. If you are lucky enough, like the ALS Association, to have this happen to you, astute enough to notice it is happening and ready to act, you can create a waterfall of opportunity and outcome for your cause.
Social Advocacy and Politics: When Viral Happens to You, Take the #IceBucketChallenge

Social Advocacy and Politics: News Without Filters

DrDigipol
Social media coverage of the unfolding events in Ferguson, MO continues to shine a light on real-time, unfiltered news reporting from both professional and citizen journalists. There was a time when the defenders of professional journalism would denigrate the citizen journalist as lacking in ethics, objectivity and, sometimes, even veracity. But those criticisms have lost some credibility.
Social Advocacy and Politics: News Without Filters

Social Advocacy and Politics: One Dead in #Ferguson, MO

DrDigipol
Unlike the Kent State Massacre of 1970, the world is watching the crisis in Ferguson as it unfolds via social media. This is the age of #citizenjournalism, where the police in Ferguson are being vined, tweeted, instagrammed, wall-posted and pinned under the great social media microscope.
Social Advocacy and Politics: One Dead in #Ferguson, MO