Social Media & Elections

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Social Media & Elections in Canada


Today is election day in Canada. The goal of today's activity is to examine Canada's political parties through the lens of social media. We will be looking at how each party is using social media to connect to voters, how social media affects voter opinion, and the history of using social media as a political tool.

You will have a chance to examine the major parties based on social media and their key platform issues. You will then have a chance to vote at the end of class in our own mini-election.


Let's get started by looking at the first elections where social media played a key role

United States

Read:
2008 - The First U.S. Social Media Election   



 
Canada

Read: 2011 - Canada's First Social Media Election








What is the current state of the Canadian election?


Current Predictions: CBC's Poll Tracker



Canada's Main Parties on Social Media



Short Promotional Video


Discuss:

  • Which party leaves the best impression on you from social media alone? What are they doing right?

  • Which party leaves the worst impression from social media alone? What are they doing wrong?


Examine / Compare / Contrast:

Last Step before voting: 
  • Complete the VoteCompass Quiz to get a better idea of which party your values align with


Class Vote 2015

Class Election 2015



Social Media as a Tracking & Polling Tool




Social Media to Bring Voters Together





Social Media use also brings a whole new type of political risk...




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