With the power of social media, politicians are given larger platforms to spread their opinions and interact with constituents. Citizens are also able to readily see these opinions which has lead to both positive and negative effects on the current political climate. People are taking to social media to gather deeper understandings into different issues and to voice their views.
As detailed in Maxwell McCombs and Donald Shaw’s agenda setting theory, media has sizable an impact on voters’ judgments, and what they consider to be a major issue in political campaigns. With that being said, politicians now have to carefully decide what they choose share to the public. Over the years, we have seen many politicians abuse this sense of freedom on social media, and tweet out numerous items that are absurd.
Twitter makes for the perfect place for politicians to spread their stances on issues that are popular on these platforms. Politicians should think of clever ways to grab people’s attention and engage in conversations.
Watch Valeria’s story and you’ll see – Dreamers are woven into the fabric of our country. They’re students, doctors, nurses, firefighters. And they belong here. #DreamActNow pic.twitter.com/RrdISyI9Ga
— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) February 7, 2018
Senator Elizabeth Warren manages to interact with her followers while presenting her opinion on issues that are popular on Twitter. Senator Warren also adds a bit of personality to tweets which make them enteratining, but informative. As many politicians do, Warren does seem to forget her filter when tweeting.
I went to the #SOTU. I wanted it burned into my eyes. If there’s ever a moment when I’m too tired to keep fighting, I just have to close my eyes & see @realDonaldTrump , @mike_pence & @pryan applauding themselves for punching working families in the gut, & I'm back in this fight.
— Elizabeth Warren (@elizabethforma) January 31, 2018
The tweet earns a chuckle when read, but it tends to move away from feeling professional. Always think before any tweet because whatever you send may always be tied to you. When there is a tweet that extends out of the typical voice of the figure, it is noticed. For many politicians, Twitter has become a reflection of their platform.