OPINION: How Technology has Changed Politics

“I’ll change the posture of our federal government from being one of the most anti-science administrations in American history to one that embraces science and technology” – President Barack Obama

Like it or not, we are heading into a purely digital future. While schools, communities, and many careers have steered towards all digital, one of the most digitally receptive area is the government. For a long time, this country has been pushing its youth to become world leaders, and to do this, they must be technologically adept. Not only does the youth have to be familiar with technology, but the entire citizenship. Even today, the President will be chatting with anyone who wants to on a Google+ hangout. This not only allows his reflections on the speech to reach as many people as possible, but also to be able to relate. Imagine just being able to visit in with the President from your home, for no cost. Almost everyone in this country has a way to access the internet. That means that anyone with an internet connection can listen to the President present his thoughts.

Everybody is so involved in technology, it is unbelievable. It is a rare sight indeed to be out in public for an hour and not see a smartphone. Everything, from transportation to work, to home, has been influenced by technology. The way we interact, the way we learn new information, and the way that we relate to one another. The politics industry is trying to capitalize on this and reach as many people as possible. Now, you don’t need a TV to watch the presidential debates, just the internet.

However, this is not necessarily a bad thing. The more people that are informed about political standpoints, the better. And, more often that not, the people who know nothing about politics are the people who complain the most about it. That is, not to mention the publicity that I’m sure President Obama is receiving from this event.


Jacob Montgomery

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