Online Voting…Look No Further Than Healthcare.gov?

After our lengthy discussion on the reliability and security of an online voting system, we may be experiencing a preview of the hiccups and issues the country could face implementing such a system. Look no further than our government’s implementation of National Healthcare and the national exchange website, Healthcare.gov. Suffering from severe downtime, people being […]

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Fireside Chats…Then and Now.

In 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 […]

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Twitter the Key to Campaign Success?

Arianna Huffington, of the Huffington Post, is quoted in Chapter 4 stating, ”If not for the Internet, Barack Obama would not be president or even the democratic nominee.” Arianna is hinting at the power of social media, and how Obama’s campaign leveraged that power in the election. The 2012 election was no different in that […]

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Social Media…Politics and Reporting.

As we kick off our unit in politics, we will need to look at the role social media plays from several different angles, including the reporters themselves. The quick access to political commentary as it happens via social media has changed the way news is delivered. We have gone from a few select reporters bringing […]

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