Political culture is the set of beliefs and practices that a group of people share together. In order to reach a particular goal, they shape their political behavior, according to people’s (and their own) necessity. Given the growth and abundance of new advances in technology, political powers across the globe are being impacted and changed by the social media’s influential potential.
As political individuals gain followings of their peers and, as a result, their voices are heard by more people, through the social networks, the culture and the future of nations are impacted. Presidents can be impeached or even win elections through the reach of technology and social media. Someday, People might eventually recognize their power to shape the Future, yet the Powerful will always be wary.
Nowadays social media’s force of the impact on political culture might vary, as the Internet is like a giant sea of ever changing information – you never know, what people will talk about the next day. This may change in the near future as wariness of people and reach of technology is increasing exponentially. What are the facts and benefits of the social media’s potential on our daily life? Let’s try to find it out.
1.Historically, media and politics have impacted each other since the days of the newspaper.
Since the emersion of the newspaper, mainstream political culture has been increasingly affected by advances in technology. The newspaper found its early popularity in England by covering politics. This was due in part to the fight for press and electoral freedoms, and a need for a neutral portrayal of partisan issues.
Newspapers were often chastised for their skewed representation of politicians.Originally the common person could not afford a subscription, thus newspapers mostly served the elite. However, as economies grew so did the demand for news. As people fought for more rights and freedoms, they also needed an improved source of information on which to base political decisions.
The 20th century has seen an influx of new technologies, and a boom in technological mediums that distribute the news. Politics and news are now accessible through smart phones, tablets, lap tops, even gaming consoles. Our entire culture, including our political practices, has been shaped in part by the invention of the smart phone. Not only is it accessible, but social media has made politics a topic that even those not outwardly and politically involved can voice their opinions and take part in debates. The sheer reach of these mediums can be astounding. [Read more...]