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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

Social Advocacy & Politics: An Advocacy Tool Review of Countable

DrDigipol
Countable is a new phone app designed to provide an engaging way to learn about bills and Congress and take positions on them. Bart Myers, founder and CEO of Countable, explains, “We found that there was a huge disconnect between politics and people, with few resources for the average citizen to keep up with what's going on in Congress and what kind of legislation is being passed."
Social Advocacy & Politics: An Advocacy Tool Review of Countable

Social Advocacy & Politics: The Poetry of Politics

DrDigipol
In response to suspicions that Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) was responsible for the delay of the immigration bill vote, Representative Jim Himes (D-CT4) tweeted a poem to Cruz: Sittin' at my desk,/Watchin' the news,/Rest of the day/Is up to Ted Cruz.
Social Advocacy & Politics: The Poetry of Politics

Social Advocacy & Politics: Obama's Former Field Team's Training Program Stirs Up Controversy

DrDigipol
This is the story about President Obama special campaign strategy; specifically, it is about the new you-pay internship being offered by former Obama for America 2012’s field team leaders. Under the name 270 Strategies, Jeremy Bird and Mitch Stewart’s one-year old political campaign firm is providing a 5-week internship, where you’ll be placed in a current electoral campaign for $5,000. Sounds like great pay for an intern until you realize the intern has to pay 270 Strategies and the campaign gets the labor for free.
Social Advocacy & Politics: Obama's Former Field Team's Training Program Stirs Up Controversy

Social Advocacy & Politics: Organize Your Colleagues First

DrDigipol
You have been tasked with developing a social media program for your campaign or organization and you want to know where to begin. Sure, the obvious first steps are to create you social media channels (which, of course, includes coming up with a message strategy and name for your Twitter account, Facebook page, and any other channels you decide to create).
Social Advocacy & Politics: Organize Your Colleagues First

Social Advocacy & Politics: Getting Under the Hood of Any Facebook Page with Inspire

DrDigipol
Want to understand what content works well on Facebook? Check out the free Inspire tool provided by ActionSprout. ActionSprout, which provides a great application that adds campaign-type actions to your Facebook page and collects your fans’ email addresses as they take the actions, offers a free tool that helps you understand what wall posts make successful Pages work. Whether you use it to assess your own Facebook Page or someone else’s, the Inspire tool is a goldmine of insight.
Social Advocacy & Politics: Getting Under the Hood of Any Facebook Page with Inspire