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.
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