This year, we will all witness and likely participate in the 2012 U.S. presidential election in an unprecedented manner thanks to social media and rapidly emerging technology. Not only are the campaigns and mainstream media using these tools, but voters will also have unique opportunities that will help inform their vote on Election Day come November. Here are five ways that digital media is changing the modern political environment in the U.S.:
The social media numbers are in from last week’s Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida and they are impressive!
As delegates make their way to Tampa, Florida next week for the 2012 Republican National Convention, staff and volunteers are working diligently to ensure that all Americans can participate — whether in person or remotely. Thanks to advanced technology through partnerships with AT&T, Microsoft and Google along with social media use among participants and viewers alike, they can!
According to a recent video released by convention organizers as part of their “Convention Insider” series, the goal is to make this the “most open and accessible event of its kind.”
Welcome to the Convention Without Walls (GOP Convention)
More at: McKayla is NOT impressed!
President Barack Obama jokingly mimics U.S. Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney’s “not impressed” look while greeting members of the 2012 U.S. Olympic gymnastics teams in the Oval Office, Nov. 15, 2012. Steve Penny, USA Gymnastics President, and Savannah Vinsant laugh at left. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
McKayla Maroney ‘is impressed’ by own meme, joins in on Instagram (Examiner, 8/12/12)
Almost anyone who has been near a radio this summer has certainly heard Carly Rae Jepsen’s catchy tune, “Call Me Maybe.” In June, our family embarked upon a massive roadtrip that took us from Washington, DC to Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, West Virginia and back. We must’ve heard this song at least two dozen times while in the car, usually with a “Turn it up!” request from my girls in the backseat.
As it turns out, we weren’t the only ones. The Harvard University baseball team had a little fun with the song, as well. Apparently, on a roadtrip of their own back in May 2012, they sang and danced to the tune from the backseat of their van and uploaded a video of it to YouTube. Then, the Internet took notice. At the time of this post, their video had over 14.6 million views. But it didn’t end there.
In early June, I had the extraordinary honor and privilege of participating as a new member in the 58th Annual National Security Seminar at the U.S. Army War College, Carlisle Barracks in Pennsylvania.
The war college conducts an annual 10-month program for students with an average of 20+ years of military service each. Though many of the 368 students hail from the U.S. Army (mostly colonels), all branches are represented along with 67 International Fellows from allied armed forces across the globe.
Of course, those selected to attend the full program have already achieved notable success in their military careers and this training is designed to further enhance their leadership and strategic thinking skills as they rise through the ranks. Immediately after graduation, the students go on to their next assignment for at least another three-year commitment on U.S. bases all over the world though many will serve well beyond that.
However, there are a number of hidden gems that many visitors might not know about which are certainly worth a look while in the Washington, DC area.
Here are ten unique spots to add to your list should you find yourself “inside the beltway” this summer.
About 100 or so gathered on the roof of our building to get a glimpse of the Space Shuttle Discovery.
It was slated to fly over the Washington, DC monuments for a swansong journey before officially retiring to a new home at the Smithsonian’s Udvar-Hazy Center in Dulles, VA.
It was supposed to arrive between 10 AM and 11 AM ET but it was early. Word traveled faster than the shuttle.
Discovery just flew over us at Dulles. Now headed in to fly over DC. Get out there and #spottheshuttle
— Smithsonian (@smithsonian) April 17, 2012
So, we headed up to the roof and anxiously attempted to figure out just exactly which direction to look in anticipation of its arrival. Hashtags started to trend on Twitter such as #SpottheShuttle and #WelcomeDiscovery.
The Edelman Global Public Affairs team has released findings from the 2011 Capital Staffers Index, an annual global study that analyzes top trends in global public affairs and communications.
This year’s expanded report is the third annual survey based on interviews with over 500 senior staffers (legislative directors and above) from capital cities in 11 different countries around the world including Washington DC, Brussels, London, Beijing, Ottawa, Mexico City, Paris, Berlin, New Delhi, Buenos Aires and Brasilia.
Although traditional methods public affairs components are still valuable, social media channels have experienced a meteoric rise in their ability to shape and influence policy worldwide over the past year.
As the 2012 presidential campaign continues to heat up, Election Day 2011 is just around the corner. In less than twelve days, Americans will head to the polls on Tuesday, November 8th to cast votes for various state and local candidates. And, we’ll be almost exactly one year away from voting to determine whether President Obama will serve a second term.
This morning, I had the pleasure of speaking at the Holmes Report’s ThinkTank Live event here in Washington, DC where I discussed the evolving media landscape and the role of social media in shaping politics and public policy. In preparation, I got to thinking about how social media was impacting the election process this early in the race. Between the Romney-Perry video battles and the buzz around Herman Cain’s “smoking” ad featuring his chief of staff Mark Block, it was a perfect week to perform a little deeper analysis.