Set Examples, Tweet with Caution

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It is without doubt that social media played a major role in the 2016 U.S. Presidential election.

And with the new administration, social media’s presence in our democracy is anything but on the decline. Twitter seems to be one of President Trump’s favorite ways to communicate to the public… whether it be political or publicity.

And now other elected officials seem to also seem to be taking to Twitter more so than ever, to communicate with voters. Everyone from Senator Chuck Schumer to Speaker of the House Paul Ryan are heading to Twitter to reaffirm supporters and attack political opponents.

While it may seem ideal that elected officials can have such quick and direct communication with the public, it can also hurt the unity of our country.

Yes, we look to elected officials for political support. But we also look to them for hope…hope that our country is still united in a way we do not see in our every day encounters. Social media offers us a peak in our the workings and demeanor of our government that has not always been available. I think elected officials need to recognize the power they hold in their online words and set precedent for the nation. If they attack each other, that will trickle down to people attacking each other too. Elected officials need to set examples and tweet with caution.

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2 thoughts on “Set Examples, Tweet with Caution

  1. I thought your blog post was fascinating. I liked how you stated that “other elected officials seem to also seem to be taking to Twitter more so than ever, to communicate with voters.” I agree with that because a reporter (Rachel Barnhart) that I have been following for years announced on her feed that she was running for Mayor. Twitter became a campaigning tool for her to reach out to her followers to support her in her running. Barnhart even started using the hashtag, #Rach4Mayor. I also liked that you stated “tweet with caution” because what they tweet can have a positive or negative effect depending on what they tweet. Good job!

  2. Emphasis on the “tweet with caution.” Social media provides a different perspective. I never thought about how it could unite us as a country. Now thinking about it, if every elected official tweeted as reckless as the 45th President, the sense of unity in the country would not exist, not that there is much now.

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