Online politics

Does “slacktivism” work?

“Slacktivism” is better than nothing, but it’s not hard to do more. Brett Bittner at The Advocates, a libertarian site, wonders whether sharing, favoriting, retweeting, and pinning things on social media really accomplish anything. On reflection, he understands that when many people pin, like, or share social media posts, there is an impact; and there are busy times when that is all we can do....

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Should we consider e-voting?

As we approach an election, we hear people asking why they can’t vote online using their personal computer or mobile devices, just as we do banking. People favoring e-voting argue that Internet voting offers greater speed and convenience, especially for overseas and military voters. However, computer and network experts point out that online voting is dangerous to the integrity of U.S....

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Want to join the [political] fight against terrorism?

American organizations dedicated to fighting terrorism tend to bathe in strongly pro-Israeli or anti-Islamic rhetoric. Having had several personal friends who are Muslim, I firmly oppose any effort to marginalize Muslims in American society. The best way for non-Muslims to fight terrorism is to actively support our secular Constitutional form of government, seek friendship and understanding with...

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Make a difference using social networks

Social networking is a great tool for the political Commentator, but it is important to know your audience. Different groups have different ways they can be reached. We all know that social network usage has been climbing for years. The Pew Research Center reported last year that 73% of all Internet users go on at least one social network. A majority of users of all ages, except 65+ use social...

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How to discuss politics without losing your friends

My grandmother used to say that you should never discuss age, race, religion, or politics. In her day, no self-respecting woman would reveal her age. That rule has mostly gone by the wayside. But the other three topics can be very sensitive – and handling them carelessly can indeed cause you to lose friends. But they don’t have to, if you remember a few principles: Race is part of what a person...

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