The Internet’s widespread use has dramatically changed society in general<br />
The internet has dramatically impacted youth involvement in politics. <br />
Nearly half of youth 18-29 claim they get political news over the Internet (“Internet’s Broader Role”)<br />
Politicians are also using websites that young people frequent to advertise and get their message out<br />YouTube<br />Social Networking<br />MySpace<br />Facebook<br />Yahoo!<br />Google<br />
Nearly 30% of all people from the age 18-29 claim they get involved in politics through social networking sites like Facebook (“Internet’s Broader Role”)<br />
Clearly, the Internet has had a significant impact on political participation and involvement by youth voters<br />But why does this matter?<br />
The Internet has involved youth more in campaigns and in politics in general (Dahl). <br />Youth involvement in politics is always a good thing, and we should strive to increase it (Dahl).<br /><ul><li>Statistics from MSNBC article</li></li></ul><li>Youth turnout during the 2008 election is estimated at over 50% for the first time in decades (Dahl).<br />18% of voter turnout was young people (Dahl).<br />Many believe that the youth vote was the deciding factor in the election (Dahl).<br />“[John] Della Volpe [the director of polling for the Harvard Institute of Politics] estimates that Obama won the youth vote by 8.3 or 8.4 million — and he won the overall popular vote by about 8 million. ‘Young people, no question, were the driving force behind this election,’ Della Volpe says” (Dahl). <br />Statistics from MSNBC article<br />
The days of American youth apathy in politics are over. The trend of an increase in youth participation in at its highest ever. The youth vote is now a critical part of the American electorate. Candidates must now court the youth vote seriously. The importance of the youth electorate is now greater than ever.<br />
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