Role of Social Media in the Election

By: WOWT Email
By: WOWT Email

It’s no surprise that social media is playing a role in Tuesday’s election.

Channel Six spoke with customers at Caffeine Dreams in Midtown to get their perspectives on its impact.

On the day before election day, who they'll choose on the ballot is certainly on their minds. Even if they've already voted, politics are flooding social media.

“I have a lot friends that are into politics, so I've been certainly seeing it a lot. They are really speaking up today,” says Justin Dibona.

Speaking up about who they'll vote for, why they're voting or asking others to vote. Darcy Covert already voted, but says she's seen her share of final pushes on Facebook and Twitter which comes as no surprise to her.

“Everything is going be pretty political. As with most media it tends to change with the need, but what if you don’t use social media?”

Everybody just seemed to be an expert. Andrew Bishop left Facebook this summer, but not before he saw his fair share of political posts.

“You just kind of saw people's raw opinions that were undeveloped. Social media is great because it's quick. But unfortunately it means you can post something real fast before you think it through.”

Overall everyone Channel Six spoke to says there is power to posting.

“Social media can change the momentum of elections just because people tend to vote for what people the crowd is going for.”

For more information on Tuesday’s election click on WOWT’s news tab, and go down to “Decision 2012”. That’s where you’ll find candidate interviews, stories on issues, and major races.


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