How are political candidates and campaigns going to differ when candidates from the Facebook/Twitter/MySpace generation begin running for political office? There will be significantly more public information about the candidates including pictures and information about their lives before considering running for office. In the past we have seen instances where a picture or some other piece of a representatives past has caused them problems. How long after something takes place in a person’s life can they be held accountable for that? If, for instance, a candidate lived the stereotypical college life including parties and wild sporting events, will they be deemed out of control and not fit to hold public office? Will every person who aspires to running for office have to seclude themselves completely from social media in order to prevent negative information surfacing in their future? Or will it appear suspicious if a candidate does not have any social media presence prior to their campaign? It will be interesting to see how new technology creates problems or solutions for the politicians of the future.
Today it seems impossible to find reliable information on presidential candidates. Every news source gives tainted information to try and lead viewers in one direction or the other. How can a voter get unbiased information on the candidates in order to form an opinion of their own? If we are expected to form our own judgments, how come every news source tries to steer us towards their own political views? Not only does that make it difficult to form our own opinion, but voters become more and more stubborn in their views when they are only open to news sources that support them. I’m not saying that either side is correct or incorrect, but I believe it is important for people to keep an open mind and to reassess what they deem important every so often so that they remain well-informed and unbiased in their views. How can a person understand both sides if they only allow themselves to see or hear one of them? I have found one or two news sources that tell the news how it is and try to keep their own opinions out of it, but these are not the sources that most people rely on. Everyone has their own opinion and there are an infinite number of issues that are important every election cycle, making it very difficult to keep up with all of the information that is necessary to be a well-informed voter. My main point is that I think more people should attempt to see both sides of a topic, rather than becoming entrenched in their own side.