Katie Stocking is the owner of Happy Medium LLC.
If you’ve been under a rock you might not have noticed that our government has shut down. If you haven’t been under a rock, you’ve probably not only noticed, but it’s all you’ve been listening to, seeing, and talking about. The last time this happened was 17 years ago and the only social media around then was playing the Oregon Trail with your friends actually sitting next to you and socializing.
Now with this shutdown in 2013, and our immediate access to information, we’re much more informed, empowered, and actually quite funny. So how has this impacted the shutdown?
Others are taking this opportunity and these platforms to make a statement. If you look through any of the trending hashtags for this topic (#dearcongress, #governmentshutdown, #shutdown) you will see several people are committing to not voting for any incumbents in the next election. Members of our congress obviously can’t read each and every tweet – but the power of mass messaging is also very difficult to ignore, especially when our government is set up to have our people have the actual power with their votes. There have also been many comments about Congress still getting paid through this shutdown and other government employees not getting paid because of it. Regardless of where you stand, there are others out there for you to connect with and discuss.
Then, most government agencies even carried out their shutdowns to their social media platforms:
What do you think? Can all of this chatter on social media actually have an affect on members of congress and their decision-making? Tweet me and tell me your opinion at @interactivekate and join the conversation!