Are we in an era of social media politics?

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Thursday, September 13th
Dave Cohen, in for Scoot, talks to WWL-TV Political Analyst Clancy Dubos about the implications of a politics driven by social media algorithms
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Dave Conan for skewed I don't on this Thursday afternoon it and like to call Friday eight. Normally Amman from 5 AM to 6 AM some sleep deprivation may be setting in so please bear with me if I say weird things like. Miss count the number of states perhaps thanks trouble Tex about that it it's 7870. This hour. Are we in an era of politics by social media. Dude tweets FaceBook posts snap Chad videos and in mr. Graham takes decide how politicians conduct themselves. It seems that we have a lot of knee jerk reactions to public opinion expressed on social media. About this did that mayor Kenner bends on issue his band nine Nike apparel. Purchased by booster clubs for recreational teams because of a wave of anti Nike sentiment on social media after the talent cap and act had. Did he reverse course because of the wave of opposition to his vote. The world knows so much faster these days shouldn't. You today's politicians have a well defined principles and positions. Are they more likely to bend the winds of public opinion spread across social media. I mean polling has been an important part of politics forever really. With public surveys trial balloons to gauge voter sentiment but now. Instant viral reaction. Seems to make it feel like some leaders. Follow the trends on social media more than ever before. Help us think about this WW LTV political analyst and Gatwick gambit contributor Clancy Dubose joins us take land it. It up and ended you do. I'm happy and enjoy your 41 of the 47 states or less. Core I 75052. I don't know it's. Plus did some bad bad I know our fifty states. Which YUN right now. I'm in the title reason I was what eighteen of the thirty. Louisiana. Contact Soledad as you were the number just the way to the states in well could potentially. Puerto Rico and and Guam could make it to do good not yet. I mean all fifty states. Is it we're seeing more and more. Governing by knee jerk reaction do you think. Well I think generally yes I think social media. Have a tremendous influence on politics media have always had tremendous influence on politics or go back to the founding of the republic in the newspapers if you think the media today are kind of loud and in your face. Mean in the newspapers back at the signing of the of the country war. Really starts in and they were called. Such and such Democrats as such and such Republican because that's what they Wear it and and people think the press today is biased and certainly do you know any any human institution. Is subject to human bias whether it's to media of the church are. Anything else you know senate house you name it. But that then. They were really strong in their opinions so. The you know to. So it was soda social media today more accurately reflect the mainstream media of the past do you think with kind of more. Well I think it's you. It talked about putting your introduction to the topic David's more and media because communication you know back in the day newspapers where most of what weeklies. Or more please if you went daily but that many and then you know technology has advanced to the point where. Well you know what I was the only reporter we didn't have I don't belong timeless. Blend that lottery. But how many seats where their back then so if I thought. Yeah. We disgraced fifty but anyway. Daily newspapers were the dominant influence JP has had come into its ascendancy in the they came cable almost certain that the Big Three he. To these TV network became the big for the Big Five and now it's the big 500 guests and of course you have yeah and it came in and and this technology has constantly. Accelerated. The pace at which news gets disseminated. And of course the news comes opinions. But media have always been opinionated this is not a new thing it's is as old as newspapers itself. In notion of an objective media as a fairly modern concept came into being. You know right before world war two and it was people like and what are more. Who frankly raised the standards and grow higher level of professionalism with Walter Cronkite and such to the media. But it politics became more personal the media did too reflective I'm not sure which one was the chicken which was. What they're both very much a thing. In his. Now all about personalities and and and the personalities of politics and the personal behavior of politicians. As much as it is anything else. Yes and talk about personalities you know Colin captain nick is a personality. And the sense of sports personality and he doesn't mean those sort of making political statements and it's formal protest. Center on the National Anthem which is to open that is a very emotional thing to all people you go to any country on the planet people. Getting emotional popular National Anthem it's just size that's why it's an anti Imus decides to stir emotions positive. Strong emotions among peoples so once someone. Does that protest for whatever reason. And it involves a National Anthem I think it's gonna stirring emotions and any country on the planet you know it's just a human thing. So it makes sense that there was viral reaction to us. And I think that is not reacted in an emotional way I don't know it was because of social media surely he'd like everybody else. Got a lot of information from social media but he also has political advisors and he seagate I think of visceral kind of emotional reaction. That and I'm not condemning him I think that's a few have been saying it's a war on human beings react oftentimes emotionally too political news. The difference for someone like mayor side is that when you're in political office at a higher level and a mayor is a high level of political office. I think there's an expectation. This is not a criticism this just an expectation that our elected leaders are going to be. A little more studied in their responses. And so the criticism meet I think was. Not only for what he said but the fact it was kind of an emotional response but having said that. I give the man credit for saying you know what I reacted emotionally. I'm gonna walk it back. It's pretty rare for a politician to walk back his or her decisions and they don't often admit mistakes. I don't know Pete called it a mistake put it in the game is basically saying you know what I overreacted. I'm gonna walk it back. And you just don't see that burial and. Or do you think that might have also been the result of the immediacy. Of the reaction to his decision. Once that memo. You have to ask camp but you know it didn't work well that would that you know there was a lot of support but a lot of backlash to and I think she looked at it and I particularly liked what he said look like public and how to divide anything if it wound up being divisive I don't know what to do that. So yeah of course. The only way to tell how divisive it was not the best way to measure a divisive that want to the time was to social media. I mean it was intent on both sides and it was like you know what that's what this back and tone it down and and just move forward. Re not on the grand scheme of things. The impact of this decision on its face just saying booster clubs in Kenner can't buy Nike apparel or sports gear. For their recreation teams we're talking about pennies here. And I were dumb at tiny tiny little amounts of money. That they could've spent even if they did by Nike it would have been much so this statement really wasn't one of vast economic. In fact either on Nike or for the city scanner for that matter. Right it was it was it was it was. It was it was that a big substantive thing it was philosophical study was it was a it was a we're trying to that you it was was symbolic gesture as part. But symbols matter. Especially politics. And again I give them credit for walking it back. I didn't like it when he did that because on some regions supporter of talent top cabinet of muscle of regents supporter of the First Amendment. And people were expressing themselves on both sides and I think that's a good thing. There's wish that more of this followed the and I put myself in this criticism to the worst that war all of us. Followed the wisdom of Madison. One of the founding fathers fathers and chip the man who really more than anyone wrote the current. Strong US constitution. We found that ourselves we created this Republic's. We're not a democracy or democratic republic the reason we have a house in assent was because public discussion at the founding fathers had. They were envisioning. Timed exactly like this. Because what that we're talking about was how to we have a government that acts. Based on reason not on passion sending back in the day I talked about newspapers back in the seventeen hundreds. Newspapers were very passionate and they said look we don't wanna be governed by our actions we wanna be governed by reason these were men. From the age of reason in the enlightenment in the late seventeen hundreds they considered themselves. To be reasonable rational people not reacting based on pensions and social media makes it very easy today for people to react. Based on their passions rather than on reason and yet I think politicians. On both sides of the fence democratic Republican. React way too much to social media. Well push Clancy always a pleasure to get your analysis and android and now we look forward to talking you down the road clarity Dubose WW LTV political analyst. Gambit contributor what do you think final four to six 1870. Text us today it's 7870. Meaning go to WW well like common voted our blue runner opinion poll. Do today's politicians. Tend to govern more by their principles. Or by social media trends. We'll take your calls at 5042601870. Right after this treats me text messages and see our you're voting in our opinion poll and is it a good thing or a bad thing. If we are letting emotion. On social media. Determine what our leaders do our leader is leading. Are they following social media.
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