Social Media and Politics

Since Americans discovered political blogging during the Howard Dean Iowa campaign of 2003, online social interactive media—like blogs, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, and other platforms—have grown to power, prominence, and popularity in campaigns and elections. We will examine how we arrived at a place where anyone can pose as a journalist, and candidates are more wary of cell phones than news cameras. We will trace the rise of political blogging from 2003 to Barack Obama 2008 (and those caucuses) to the most recent campaign for the U.S. presidency. Participants will ponder what effects or influences social media have in the crucial battlegrounds of getting out the vote, raising money, and framing media messages.

INSTRUCTOR: David D. Perlmutter is director of the UI School of Journalism and Mass Communication, as well as professor and Starch Faculty Fellow. He is the author or editor of nine books on political communication and persuasion, and has written several dozen research articles for academic journals and some 200 essays for U.S. and international newspapers and magazines.

Tuesdays, September 4, 11, 18, October 2
10:30 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.
301 Lindquist Center
Registration Deadline: August 28
Class Limit: 80

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