There are very few still alive who remember this, but back in the 1600’s the printing press changed politics forever. More recently radio and TV have had a big impact. Then over the last few years the internet has become more and more influential.
The internet elected the US president this year.
With blogging becoming easier every day and new ways of publishing online starting up all the time, each person has the opportunity to easily publish their own newspaper or start their own TV/radio station. People that know how to use the new web applications have a voice. Those who don’t get the web – are silent.
Does that sound a bit harsh? Maybe you don’t aggree? We will never know, because you do not know how to use your blog or twitter to say so. If you do not know how to talk online, you do not have a voice.
Get a voice. Use your voice.
If you still have not figured out all this tech stuff, you are without excuse. I have offered numerous times to help. Click here for ways to contact me. Okay, now you have a voice, so use it.
If all you use your voice for is to sway the vote you are missing out on the most important aspect of democracy. See, we have the opportunity not only to make ourselves heard once every four years, but throughout the year every year.
It would be tough to find one person to vote for that you agree with all the time. So instead you pick good people that are most likely to listen to you after the election. Then you stay in contact with them throughout the year. Let them know what you think. You can contact your elected officials through many channels, but what has turned out to be most effective way is by using social media.
Tabetha has really become more active politically of late, and is a great example of someone using their voice to promote issues that are important to them. Remember, every vote counts, but every voice counts double. Here are a couple posts as examples: