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This is fascinating stuff. I was most interested in the Narcissism section. I've come into online spaces before with opinions that were contrary to the general opinion of the forum (not to troll, of coures), and found that reasonable discourse was impossible in these situations. It was kind of like a group narcissism took hold, and because I was against the general consent, I was shouted down, despite my best efforts to calmly present evidence and ask for a real discussion. I have a feeling there's a psychological term for this, but I can't remember what it is.
I'd also like to learn more about this "mock troll" phenomenon. I've not heard of that before.
You didn't ask a question at the end of your article! Noooooo! Wait, technically the whole article is a call to action, isn't it?
In response to Mr. Chapman, outlines don't work well for everybody (by which I mean me). What I do is write my draft out, then go back and reorganize everything to make the best sense. But if you haven't tried using the outline approach, you should because sometimes all people need to make their writing good is a little organization.
Awesome, thank you!
Funny, I was just thinking about how I could come up with some more unique content after feeling like I had exhausted every topic, and then I found this! Thanks for reading my mind!
These are great tips. I definitely want to try the color commentary one. Unfortunately, the link you provided for your example appears to be broken!
That's an interesting point you make about the fact that President Obama, being president, had a significant advantage in fans and followers due to the fact that he had been gathering them for four years before his second presidential campaign began. Romney was four years behind. Let this be a lesson for politicians and future politicians - focus on building your social media presence right now.
My Facebook page was pretty clogged with posts about candidates, which I feel was a very effective way to spread information and get me fired up about the election, which fostered discussion and the desire to do further research. As for donations, I don't remember any appeals for donations on Facebook. These came from email campaigns.
Totally agree with you there. I would still consider 37 to be in the realm of "young," but I also realize I didn't check the average age of a Romney supporter.
Quick search says the average age of a Republican (not necessarily Romney supporter, of course) is 49.7, while the average age of a Democrat is 47.7. While that's a decently significant gap, I would say that it probably doesn't warrant neglecting social media. Especially since 12 years ago, the average age of a Republican was just 45.5. So you may be right.
Either way, there's no doubt that the Obama campaign has some savvy social media experts.
Edit: Sorry, that source is here.