Fireside Chats…Then and Now.

Fireside Chats...Then and NowIn Chapter 4, Qualman mentions Obama bringing the “Fireside Chat” to the social media realm. After watching the examples of these chats in the classroom, what do you think of this concept? Granted, it’s clear the administration is targeting a specific audience when publishing content this way, but is this audience listening? What do you think? Does the interactivity allowed by Social Media cause more connect, disconnect, or have no political effect in any way what so ever? Make your post by 10/18.

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  1. I think this concept is a creative new way to communicate with others. I also think it is a good way to publish content because it is convenient and most people get news through social media. However, I believe that the interactivity allowed by social media causes more disconnect to the people involved in the discussion. People involved in the conversation are not face-to-face which makes the meeting less professional. In a way, this “fireside chat” is similar to soft wares like Skype. I do believe this method is somewhat here to stay.

  2. Fireside chat is a good way for the president to communicate with people about certain questions the people may not be able to ask him if it wasn’t for this fireside chat. People get to hear his answers to questions that he most likely wouldn’t have been asked if it wasn’t for fireside chat. I think that fireside chat leaves a good image for the president because it shows that he is willing to answer questions. The only reason why I think fireside chat will not die out is because Roosevelt made it and every president probably try’s to use it at least once during their time in office.

  3. It’s a great idea! People like to know who their leader is, and these “fireside chats” are a great way of showing just that. Seeing the president interacting with and respond to individuals of the same or a similar social status gives the other individuals a new lens to view the president through. I see also this opportunity being a coveted one, that people of the online universe will try harder than ever before and compete vigorously against each other to gain.

  4. I think that the idea of fire side chats is a good one. However if the questions are still from a select group of people it is very similar to a TV interview. It is not the personal connection that people want. If however there is a personal connection and any one can ask questions, heavens only knows what answers and/or comments will come through. I think that it still a good idea that gets the truth out on social media. This concept could get twisted during an election and turn into a way to make the opposition look bad.

  5. I think that the integration of social media is really important and works rather well in situations such as this where the discussions and conversations between normal modern day people and politicians then come down to a more personal level. Obviously the incorporation of social media does shift political attractiveness as we saw this in 2008. Personally I absolutely loathe Obama, BUT, I do like the “fireside chat” idea with whatever president maybe in office.

  6. I think the idea of a fireside chat is a good way to incorporate social media. I think this works well because, it is pretty much face to face conversation and, it is like they are there in person. This is also good because, when we read things, or see what news media tells us about in this case what the president is doing or saying we base our opinions by what we hear. I think fireside chats allows people to hear what a person has to say and then you don’t get a construed idea because, it is there exact words nothing is twisted or added and there exact point they want to make is getting across.

  7. I think that the Fireside Chats is a great use of social media in order to connect with the people. It’s very easy for just about anyone to use the Google + hangouts and people are getting their questions answered right away instead of waiting months for a response. I think the more that the president keeps up to date with new ways to communicate to the people, the more popular he will become with the younger generations.

  8. “Fireside” chats are an old fashioned way of a president or any other public figure to connect with their audience. This method has been revamped recently to incorporate the new and obvious tools that social media provide. The obvious problem that I see with this method is the questions that for example the president might receive. The people asking the questions have probably been screened and selected to ask question that make the president look positive to an audience. With the ability to see questions before they are asked instead of the allowed spontaneity of live interaction, these “fireside” chats could be just as staged as a Broadway play.

  9. I think that this is a different, and creative new way of communication from the president. And since most people get their information from social media, it is a convenient way for most citizens to be involved. It causes a slight “disconnect” however, because it is not face to face interaction. One other downfall is the fact that with it being over a social media platform, questions will most likely be selected that the presidents “people” are in favor of. I think this method is going to be around for quite some time, though, so it is something we must get used to.

  10. I think that this is a different, and creative new way of communication from the president. And since most people get their information from social media, it is a convenient way for most citizens to be involved. It causes a slight “disconnect” however, because it is not face to face interaction. One other downfall is the fact that with it being over a social media platform, questions will most likely be selected that the presidents “people” are in favor of. I think this method is going to be around for quite some time, though, so it is something we must get used to.

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