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Blog 9: Are You Involved?

Political Involvement

In my opinion, as a social media and internet connoisseur/junkie, I fully believe that being involved in politics online is just as good and is the same thing as being involved in politics in real life.  Then again, what really is “real life”?  Couldn’t having social and political involvement online be considered “real life”? After all, you are doing real life political activities like blogging and participating in discussions via the internet and social media outlets.  Therefore I believe that being involved in politics online is just the same as being involved in politics in real life.

If it wasn’t for Twitter, people like Gigi Ibrahim would not have been able to get her message out to the world about the events that were taking place with the revolution in her homeland of Egypt.  The world was able to get a first hand illustration of the horrific scenes of peril that were taking places in the streets of Egypt.  Thanks to Gigi, more of the world was able to get involved to get the word out about the events in Egypt than normal.  Those who just turn to the internet for their news and information wouldn’t have gotten the knowledge about Egypt without seeing it online.

With the internet and social media more people are able to make informed choices and spread the word about important issues in politics. For example, in times of elections, social media is very important for people to be able to use to spread the word about their favorite candidate and get other people, friends and family, to get on board with them and do something cool for democracy.

What are the implications?

The implications of being involved online for politics in regards to democracy are many. For example, I think from here on out, the internet is going to change what democracy means for our world.  I believe that being able to get messages out to a massive amount of people is a way of changing democracy.  The freedom of speech is such an important part of our democracy and having social media to use in our back pocket only solidifies the term democracy.  Young people today are quickly changing the landscape of politics by using the Internet and social media to their advantage.  Because of this, democracy only gets strong and will for years and years to come.

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