How Stephen Colbert is Changing the Political Landscape, One Segment at a Time

Colbert is incredibly talented at not only mobilizing, but also organizing viewers behind a cause. As Reed states, “Mobilizing refers to the process by which inspirational leaders or other persuaders can get large numbers of people to join a movement or engage in a particular movement action. Organizing entails a more sustained process as people come to deeply understand a movement’s goals and their own power to change themselves and the world” (Reed, 130). While many Late Night hosts have “mobilized viewers” for a fleeting moment, very few have “organized” them as Colbert has, stretching his arguments and movements over many episodes and bringing the viewer into a deeper understanding of them. The Late Show marks a change in the Late Night landscape, and perfectly shows how one man can bring the power of the Internet out of its dormant resting place, behind empty letters, numbers, and statistics and into vibrant arguments and colorful segments.

The Shallowness of Twitter

In general, I am not a fan of Twitter because I feel like it takes up a significant amount of peoples time. Although, if used properly I believe it can be beneficial for informing individuals, I feel like there is too much non-important, time consuming information being shared for it to be worth my while. This is especially true for me when it comes to politics.

A Human, Not A Cat

In August of this year, pro-life Presidential candidate Marco Rubio tweeted something a little bit weird…

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Can a single picture alter your view of a candidate in our current election?

#BlackLivesMatter Is Not Helping #FeelintheBern, But #Berniebro Is Still Hopeful

Without the race-gender connection with BLM, Sanders does not seem to be reaping the publicity rewards like Obama’s campaign in 2008: “Obama supporters uploaded more than 442, 000 user generated video on YouTube alone” (Gosa, 224). Type “Bernie Sanders” or “Bernie Sanders supporters” into Youtube and little to no trending user-generated content comes up.

Victory by Mudslinging (Or, Why We Hear More About Donald Trump From the Democrats Than the Republicans)

Perhaps the most prominent agenda-setting that occurs in the media today is not of what we talk about, but how we talk about it. The presidential election is a topic that the American public is guaranteed to care about, and thus the media is obligated to cover. But news organizations do help to change the … Continue reading Victory by Mudslinging (Or, Why We Hear More About Donald Trump From the Democrats Than the Republicans)

Radical Republicans and Dainty Democrats

When interested in the opinion of my opposing political party (and let’s not be coy about this– the Republicans), I take three routes.

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“Donald Trump” and “Ben Carson”

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon has become one of the homes for satiric comedy with games and skits that range from the Jersey Shore to Breaking Bad to the funny moments of America’s presidential debates. The current focus of many shows like Jimmy Fallon’s has been the Republican and Democratic debates, poking fun at candidates and their responses to one another or moderators during the debate. In this new digital age, this how politics and entertainment collide.

Twitter Response: The Right and Wrong of Using Social Media as A Platform

Twitter has become a large stage for more than just mindless social interaction. The expansive and endless reach through the concept of followers and tweets, has led to many politicians taking to twitter to exploit this reach to obtain potential voters and supporters. However, given the nature of the internet what gets put out can never be really retrieved, so it becomes a politicians prime interest to be smart about what they send out to be seen.

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