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Social Media, Pop Culture, and Politics

Social Media has had an enormous influence in our everyday lives and has made its mark on American politics. Dating back to 1994 when Senator Diane Feinstein, a Democrat of California, put up the first campaign web site. (Curtis) Social Media has become a liable way to attract different people throughout the United States. Among most social media networks Twitter has become one of the most popular media sites. Sites like Twitter and Facebook have made sharing news easy and viewable by thousands of people.  Campaigners and voters have switched over to social and mobile media as their source of political information. During the 2012 Presidential election I remember relying heavily on social networks. It was the first election that I would be able to take part in and I wanted to make a difference. Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube were among the most popular websites for political information with college students.

Politicians can gain insight on the publics popular opinion by calculating likes and re-tweets. Social Media has made it easier to connect with others. During the height of demonstrations in Iran, street organizers tweeted safe locations for impromptu protest. Organizations use Facebook and Twitter to post details on town hall meetings, details for tea parties, and even State of the Union. Since politicians would rather have millions of individual supporters the Internet gives them a chance to raise money online.

Social Media in Politics have also had the help of pop culture to gain supporters. Celebrities such as Jay-Z, Beyoncé, P. Diddy, Bruce Springsteen, Matt Damon, and many others have all voiced their opinions on their political views.  Which in return their fans and followers have had the chance to be influenced on their political views as well. I had my own political views on my first election but it did not hurt to see that my favorite star was a supporter as well. President Obama use his celebrity endorsements to his advantage and look where it has got him…The White House.

I believe the use of social media will continue to increase in politics. Campaigners will relay more on social and mobile media, viral videos, political apps for phones, iPad’s, and tablets, and websites were political contributors can donate to their perspective candidate. Pop Culture will continue to influence supporters and get people out to vote.

 

Is there a new O.J. Simpson on the block?

Should we refer to him as Mr. Invincible? When will the state of Florida say enough is enough? Zimmerman has been arrested numerous times in the past eight years and still walks the streets a freed man. Yes, his father was in the states judicial system but that does not give him the right to have a free pass for any crime he commits. George Zimmerman has been accused of it all from domestic violence to resisting an officer.

2002: Zimmerman allegedly molested his niece.

July 2005: Zimmerman was arrested and charged with “resisting officer with violence” and “battery of law enforcement officer.” After several desperate attempts, the charges were reduced to “resisting an officer without violence and had the other charges waived against him by attending an alcohol education program.

Aug 2005: In the same year his ex-fiance, Veronica Zuazo, filed a civil motion for a restraining order against Zimmerman because of allegedly domestic violence inside the relationship. In return Zimmerman filed for the same against Zuazo and both restraints were granted.

2006: Zimmerman was charged for speeding. This case was quickly dismissed because the police officer that filed the charges failed to show up at court.

2006: Zimmerman made 46 phone calls to police dispatch regarding suspicious activity from African American men.

Feb 2012: Zimmerman murders Trayvon Martin.

Sept 2013: Charges were dropped against Zimmerman and he was a free man again.

Nov 2013: Arrested for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and domestic violence battery.

After a series of violent behaviors Zimmerman is still allowed to walk the same streets as us. Attend gun shows and events after taking the life of an innocent young man. I will never understand how racially corrupt this country is. If Zimmerman had been an African American man he would be serving life already. I would expect that if George Zimmerman continues on becoming this notorious figure he will be put behind bars for something big one day soon.