Presentation Title

The Impact of the WorldWideWeb on 21st Century Elections in the U.S

Start Date

April 2020

End Date

April 2020

Major Field of Study

History

Student Type

Undergraduate

Faculty Mentor(s)

Cynthia Taylor, PhD and Jordan Lieser, PhD

Presentation Format

Oral Presentation

Abstract/Description

Traditionally, Presidential candidates would go door to door and town to town, sharing their political ideas in the hope of gaining supporters. This paper aims to analyze the evolution, contribution, and the future of internet use in terms of gaining political support and its crucial ability to help persuade American citizens. Focusing primarily on the elections from the year 2000 to 2016. Data and research will be shown to analyze how uses of the internet has evolved from president to president. Each president within this time frame has delved into the internet and made impacts on the United States through this new medium. E-mail, campaign websites and other platforms of communication via the internet has and will continue to revolutionize politics in the foreseeable future. A modern technological way of conversing with a wider audience is through the use of social media platforms such as YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. Depending on the year, each president witnessed the internet's advancement in politics and used its tools to promote their campaign. Social media consists of a diverse audience and opens doors for an abundance of political conversation and avocation. Scholars have yet to realize the important history of the WorldWideWeb and its ability to change politics. Digital information can visibly bring a positive or negative service to voter persuasion. A manifestation of change in the process of how citizens and presidential candidates interact through the internet is the overall topic of discussion for this paper.

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This presentation was accepted for the Scholarly and Creative Works Conference at Dominican University of California. The Conference was canceled due to the Covid-19 Pandemic

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The Impact of the WorldWideWeb on 21st Century Elections in the U.S

Traditionally, Presidential candidates would go door to door and town to town, sharing their political ideas in the hope of gaining supporters. This paper aims to analyze the evolution, contribution, and the future of internet use in terms of gaining political support and its crucial ability to help persuade American citizens. Focusing primarily on the elections from the year 2000 to 2016. Data and research will be shown to analyze how uses of the internet has evolved from president to president. Each president within this time frame has delved into the internet and made impacts on the United States through this new medium. E-mail, campaign websites and other platforms of communication via the internet has and will continue to revolutionize politics in the foreseeable future. A modern technological way of conversing with a wider audience is through the use of social media platforms such as YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. Depending on the year, each president witnessed the internet's advancement in politics and used its tools to promote their campaign. Social media consists of a diverse audience and opens doors for an abundance of political conversation and avocation. Scholars have yet to realize the important history of the WorldWideWeb and its ability to change politics. Digital information can visibly bring a positive or negative service to voter persuasion. A manifestation of change in the process of how citizens and presidential candidates interact through the internet is the overall topic of discussion for this paper.