Project Pitch: Politics and Digital Writing

My paper will discuss politics and its relevance to digital writing. In today’s society, is evident that the majority of political information is distributed through various media outlets on the Internet. Many people are interested in politics and find access to political information vital. As a result, digital writing has been found to be useful for many people interested in politics as it allows them quick and easy access to current political information. Scholars are able to publish political information on academic databases such as the University of Guelph Library Database. In addition, digital writing allows respected media outlets such as CBC News to publish current and factual political information. Digital writing also allows people to publicly express their political viewpoints and concerns. This is often present through social media websites such as Facebook, Twitter, and other various forms of social media websites.

Furthermore, my paper will discuss the positive and negative aspects of politics in digital writing. Before the rise of the Internet, people were most often informed of political issues through newspaper publications, by watching politics on television or by physically attending political functions. Today, however, information regarding politics is distributed more efficiently through the Internet, allowing more people to become active in politics. Digital writing has also inspired and encouraged younger generations to become involved in politics.

“There has been a growing optimism that social media can stimulate political participation and deliberation, especially among young people. Based on focus group interviews with Norwegian teenagers, the article argues that social media have become an important platform for young people to participate in political activities. Whether the purpose is internal meetings or external mobilization, social media provide platforms for planning, reporting and communicating political activities” (Storsul 17).

Although many people find the distribution of politics through social media as well as other various media outlets to be useful and productive, some people fear the negative repercussions of expressing their political viewpoints publicly on the Internet.

“At the same time, politically engaged young people are hesitant about using social media for political deliberation. They are concerned about how they present themselves, and they are reluctant to stand out as highly political. One important explanation for this is that social media integrate different forms of communication and collapse social contexts. This causes teenagers to delimit controversies and try to keep political discussions to groups with more segregated audiences” (Storsul 17).

My paper intends to answer various questions regarding politics and digital writing. Through my research, I will discover whether digital writing has positively or negatively affected politics and how people feel about politics being discussed on social media and through other various forms of digital writing. Does digital writing create more honest conversation regarding politics or does it deter people from honestly expressing their political viewpoints? Is the political information distributed through digital writing have a greater response than through other forms of information distribution such as newspapers or television? Are people more likely or less likely to trust political information distributed through digital writing?

Works Cited

Storsul, Tanja. “Deliberation or self-presentation? Young people, politics and social media.” NORDICOM Review: Nordic Research on Media and Communication 35.2 (2014): 17+. Academic OneFile. Web. 8 Oct. 2015.

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