“Social Media is Changing the Way We Communicate”
05/13/2012 8 Comments
The title is of this post is often a refrain used by our local lefty blogger. I would have to agree, even though I am not much of a social media user. Here is an example from Power Line this morning on how conservative are using social media, in this case Twitter:
We are in the early stages of the 2012 campaign season, with a lot of battlespace preparation going on. In the skirmishing so far, one perhaps surprising media advantage has become clear: the right is clobbering the left on Twitter.
Maybe it’s because Twitter puts a premium on brevity and cleverness. I don’t know. But for some reason, it seems to be a natural medium for conservatives. We saw it when the Hilary Rosen interview (“Ann Romney never worked a day in her life”) prompted a Twitterstorm. We saw it again when #ObamaEatsDogs exploded, and when #Julia blew up in the White House’s face like an exploding cigar. Currently, the White House is promoting #AskMichelle, where loyal Democrats can go to ask the First Lady a question. Only nearly all of the questions have come from conservatives. A sampling:
- When you vacation in Hawaii, can you see the rise of the oceans beginning to slow?
- What’s up this week for the @BarackObama campaign and “Operation Change the Subject” (to anything except the economy)?
- Do you still exchange May Day cards with Bill and Bernadette?
- Do you think your daughters should request affirmative actions preferences?
- Do you still get Christmas cards from the Rezkos and Blagojeviches?
- So who succeeded you at that critical, highly important $300k/year community outreach job at UC hospital?
- I have several friends who specialize in relocation. Shall I give them your number so they can help you relocate in January?
They go on and on. You almost feel sorry for the White House. They’re going to have to either do a better job of mobilizing their supporters on Twitter, or abandon the medium altogether.
As a Conservative, maybe I need to start paying more attention to Twitter!