by Tyler Hendon
According to thesocialskinny.com, the Twitter community posts more than a billion tweets over a 72-hour period. Twitter also sees a spike in “tweets” when significant events occur such as natural disasters or in this case, edgy political news. Plenty of students at the collegiate level are participating in these activities.
Senior accounting major, Denzell Wright isn’t one of them but he knows plenty of people that use social media to express their political views.
“I know a ton of people that get on Twitter or Facebook if they want to make a political statement. I see people go on Twitter and just say stuff like Mitt Romney is stupid, but don’t have any type of evidence,” Wright said.
Wright thinks that political messages on these sites are often broad and don’t have substance.
“I try not to get too political on social networks because I’m not really into politics but I feel like the people that do get very political don’t really know more than I do. They just like to talk about that type of stuff to everybody” he said.
Brittany Hammond, who loves politics, had quite a different take on how students should use social networks.
“I really like to comment on Facebook and WordPress blogs that say anything involving the 2012 election. I think that more people my age should want to talk about what’s going on because we’re going to be real adults before we know it. College kids don’t take these issues seriously,” she said.
Hammond, a junior public policy major, also thinks social networks are good outlets for young people to use when talking about politics.
“Websites like Twitter and Facebook are cool because I can say whatever I want. If I hash tag something I tweet about I can see what other people are saying about the same thing, and on top of that I can tweet at people if I really get fired up!”Hammond said.
Junior interdisciplinary studies in social science major, Michelle Barnes, believes most students don’t talk about politics on social networks for the right reasons.
“I think a lot of the people in college don’t really care about politics but they still want to be a part of the conversation. People put up Facebook posts about politicians being wrong and about what they should do differently. It’s all kind of silly to me,” Michelle
She also thinks that students post comments online because it’s easy to access.
“It’s the simplicity of making online post that attracts students the most.
If you hop on twitter and type up some quick political comment people can re-tweet you if they want. This motivates people to keep doing it,” she said.