5 Ways New Media Are Changing Politics

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Sharing is emerging as a way of distributing the news—tweets from the streets of Iran and from the rubble of Haiti have been retweeted hundreds of times in a new, virtual form of word of mouth. The White House’s Facebook page has nearly half a million fans; its Twitter feed has 1.7 million followers. That’s no surprise: President Obama was the first candidate to announce his White House run via Web video and his vice presidential pick by text message. Don’t forget that Sarah Palin began the whole “death panels” discussion not by giving an interview but by posting the idea on her Facebook page, which then got shared with thousands of friends.

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