Social Media & Politics: On a Lighter Note

By Christopher Phillips,
Trending Writer

The use of social media as a political tool has been on a direct rise in recent years as leaders all over the world in an attempt to appeal to the younger classes. From political to religious, leaders all over the globe have taken to social media as a platform to reach the masses.

Recently, even Pope Francis has been lauded for his ability to interact with the younger generation through Twitter and even taking a ‘selfie.’ I mean, honestly, who wouldn’t want a selfie with the most prominent religious leader on the planet? In ad­dition to the pope, the Dalai Lama has taken to using social media to interact with the worlds’ younger crowd. I feel like I’m never allowed to have a bad day with the Dalai Lama Twitter handle spouting wisdom at me.

Political leaders use social media in a very blasé way with, typically, boring Face­book pages with the constant posting of issues and voting dates. But you can tweet to President Obama! Wait, his account is managed by an outside company, which usually means even more boring posts. How fun. One recent interesting use of social media was by our very own President Obama. President Obama was recently interviewed on ‘Between Two Ferns’ with Zach Galifianakis in an amusing skit to sell Obamacare to the youngsters in our nation. The skit was amusing and, despite my own political lean­ings, very well done.

So with all of our new leaders actually being able to adapt to use social media what will its impact be in the coming years? I’m personally hoping for Twitter fights be­tween future presidential candidates.

That’s all I have to say, have a great day readers.

A version of this article appeared in the Tuesday, Mar. 25 print edition.

Contact Christopher at
christopher.phillips1@student.shu.edu

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