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Blog // Connect South Carolina

The Increasing Impact of Social Media in Politics

By Wil Payton

Nearly 200,000 phone calls, 7 million online signatures, and over 2.4 million tweets opposing the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) recently demonstrated how social media has become a force to be reckoned with in today’s political arena. Forty-eight hours of online activism, and over 1,000 protesters showing up in person, stopped legislation being promoted by some of the most powerful lobbies in Washington D.C. Below is an excerpt from a Washington Post article on the emergence of social media —and the technology world — as a phenomenon akin to awakening a sleeping giant. You’ve read how Facebook and Twitter fueled the Arab Spring uprising. You...

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