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Social Advocacy and Politics: Best Use of Twitter by a Member of Congress, Ever!

DrDigipol
What caught our attention here at Social Media Today was the Twitter-Storm created when Senator Feinstein live-tweeted her rebuttal comments to CIA Director Brennan’s response to the torture report in real-time using the hashtag #ReadTheReport. I will say quite boldly that this was the greatest use of Twitter by a Member of Congress EVER!
Social Advocacy and Politics: Best Use of Twitter by a Member of Congress, Ever!

Social Advocacy and Politics: Takin’ It to the Tweets

DrDigipol
In a world pulsating with conflict large and small, from the streets of Ferguson to Kobani and beyond, there is a need for calming voices. There is a need for voices to soothe the anger and facilitate meaningful conversations across the communities in conflict. Philosophers of the Enlightenment wrote at length that rational discourse is the surest route to good policy and the avoidance of violence.
Social Advocacy and Politics: Takin’ It to the Tweets

Social Advocacy and Politics: What #MyNYPD Hoped For and What We Got

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In the reaction to the Grand Jury decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson for shooting Michael Brown, there has been a lot of over-reaction from the police… again. In Los Angeles, mass arrests of protestors on the eve of Thanksgiving gave rise to harsh twiticism from across the nation. But amidst the excesses there were some glimmers of hope.
Social Advocacy and Politics: What #MyNYPD Hoped For and What We Got

Social Advocacy and Politics: Read On, You Might Change Your Mind

DrDigipol
The New York Times recently reviewed a study by Yosh Halberstam and Brian Knight that finds social media users live in an echo chamber where they are more likely to hear people with whom they already agree. Interestingly, among the expert the Times interviewed for the article was an NYU doctoral student, Pablo Barbera, who has also researched this topic. But there is more to the story.
Social Advocacy and Politics: Read On, You Might Change Your Mind

Social Advocacy and Politics: Twitter Failing at Policing Troll Traps

DrDigipol
A few years back some extreme conservatives calling themselves the Twitter Gulag Defense Network (#TGDN) developed a powerful strategy for disrupting progressive activists on Twitter, one that has since been copied by others. Twitter has been extremely ineffective at responding to this ploy, all too often punishing the victim instead of the perpetrator.
Social Advocacy and Politics: Twitter Failing at Policing Troll Traps

Social Advocacy and Politics: USA Today and Twitter Team Up for Another Cool Meter

DrDigipol
Back in 2012, the politics editorial team at USA Today teamed up with Twitter and Topsy to create the Twitter Election Meter to track real-time sentiment on Twitter for Obama and Romney. This year, USA Today’s Politics Editor Paul Singer and his teamed joined forces with Twitter again to launch the Twitter Political Issues Index (TPII).
Social Advocacy and Politics: USA Today and Twitter Team Up for Another Cool Meter

Social Advocacy and Politics: The Power of Facebook Compels You...to Vote

DrDigipol
Facebook has been experimenting with its newsfeed to serve up news over other content to some users. In yet other experiments, the social network has been serving up its Voter Megaphone buttons on Election Day to most of its US users, while withholding the “I’m Voting/I’m a Voter” buttons from a control group of several hundred thousand, reports TechPresident’s Micah Sifry in Mother Jones. The result of these experiments is that exposure to either of the treatments increases the likelihood that the user will vote.
Social Advocacy and Politics: The Power of Facebook Compels You...to Vote

Social Advocacy and Politics: Is Twitter the Source of All Evil?

DrDigipol
The top Muslim cleric in Saudi Arabia, the Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz al-Sheikh, spoke at length about Twitter on his TV show last week. He had much to say, including that Twitter is the “source of all evil and devastation.” And that is where much of the news media has focused its attention.
Social Advocacy and Politics: Is Twitter the Source of All Evil?

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