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In the world we live in today the internet is a huge part of our lives. Most people use the internet multiple times a day. We use it for work, for entertainment, for socialization, and many other reasons. People can get online at home, work, and school. They can use their phones to get online at anytime in any place. I would say that the internet is most definitely “real life.” Any way that people are learning about politics is being involved in politics. Online politics gives people a chance to let their voice be heard. They can vote in polls and respond to blogs. They can learn about candidates through websites and read stories about what is going on in the political world. The great thing about online politics is that they can do it from the comfort of their own home. It makes politics more appealing to people. It makes them feel like they have power and yet it does not overwhelm them. I think online politics makes it easier for people to participate. This is a good thing.

During the past presidential election I noticed online politics. I found an article, http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/jan/04/iran-politics-blogging-internet  that talked about how Obama successfully used social networking sites to get the word out about his campaign. It did say however that  overdoing politics online can make people feel like shoppers rather than voters. There is a fine line between getting the word out and by making the word seem like a product that someone can buy. People need to be aware of what they are reading and where it is coming from online. Just like in “real life” people need to do some research on what they hear and read. They need to be aware of what website they are on when they read stories. They should look at who is sponsoring the website or paying for it.

This past week I noticed online politics when it came to the 2010 senate race.  Social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook tried to get the word out to their users to get out and vote. On Facebook users were able to click an icon saying that they had voted that day. The icon would let their Facebook friends know that they had voted. After I voted I was proud to let people know that I had done so. I hoped that it made other people get out and vote.

The rise in online politics goes to show that our democracy is adapting to online users. Candidates and political parties are realizing how big of a role the internet plays in people’s lives. It is important that politics adapts and changes just as much as the people in our country do. I believe they will continue to change and adapt. Online politics will only grow.

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