Can Social Media Change Political Debates?

As the first U.S. Presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump aired to blockbuster ratings on television and record-breaking statistics online, Marcia Stepanek, a media strategy and communications professor in the Nonprofit Management program, reports on the potential ways that social media could change the format of political debates.

“But one of the biggest differences among voters this year, say new media researchers, is a growing preference by those using social media to go beyond merely watching, tweeting, and sharing. Now, say media researchers, many people using digital media in their everyday lives are starting to want more of a direct say in debate programming itself—chiefly over what questions and follow-up questions debate moderators ask, and what topic areas they cover. ”

Read the full article at the Stanford Social Innovation Review.