The GOP Debate On Social Media – Who Won?

GOP Debate on Social MediaAccording to a post on CNN, presidential debates have been governed by the same norms that have been televised for the masses since 1960 –

  • Don’t make a mistake
  • Look good
  • Stay solid for the entire campaign
  • Spin your campaign as soon as it ends A smoother persona, good personality and being a better speaker might have worked before the internet took communications by storm. But what if social media comes in the mix? As a nation, the governmental landscape in the United States has reached a tipping point where politics are now determined by how tweets and Facebook posts are judged. GOP debates are no different. The term stands for Grand Old Part debate. The republican presidential debates are being held for the nominations for 2016 concerning the Republican Party. Here is how social media have the power to change the face of any political debate;

Debates Become a Communal Experience Live debates don’t hold any importance here. Social media is not like a sporting event where fans hang on to a commentator’s every word. Experts formed their judgments and presented their verdicts after the debates were over and done with. Social media has changed all that. How? Networking websites like Facebook and Twitter give viewers the chance to provide their opinions in real time. In other words, it gives them the chance to put their opinions forth during an actual debate. Social media gives everyone from political pundits to journalists and of course, the rest of the people in their networks. One thing leads to another and you have the whole world opining about everything from what a candidate says about certain issues, how she/he says it to what he or she is wearing at the moment.

Moments Count While political debates are important as well, what is said on social media such as Facebook and Twitter during them is also as much. Everything from the verbal exchange to key moments is enough to trigger a social media frenzy. In this way, campaigns become as much about how the World Wide Web responds to how the press responds. The fact that some moments may go viral is another reason why social media is a force to be reckoned with on political debates.