Trump vs. everyone

Trump vs. everyone

A great example of how social media has changed politics is taking place in America with the battle over how Obama’s healthcare policies are to be changed under the new administration. President-elect Donald Trump is setting the stage for a potential clash with his fellow Republicans when it comes to the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act. Many of his pronouncements in interviews and on Twitter are at odds with long-held Republican orthodoxy on health care. I’ve written before about how political parties have never being more vulnerable to…

Jobs vs. Volkswagen

Jobs vs. Volkswagen

We wrote a post earlier about Sri Lankan Government communication during an intense news cycle last week. Having written on the use of framing in communication, I thought it worth pointing out recent and better executed government communication. Specifically, how economic developments were framed in terms of jobs and economic opportunities. This is particularly important as a number of media and social activists, in their eagerness for “gotcha journalism“, overstated the effect of finding out that Volkswagen was not involved in the Kuliyapitiya factory. This is not to deny that posts like this generate socialmedia…

Political Campaigning on Social Media

Political Campaigning on Social Media

The Sri Lankan Provincial Council Elections 2013 to elect members for the Northern, Central and North Western Provincial Councils is just few days away. Whilst the candidates and political parties are busy with their rallies, visits and meetings, we take a look at their campaigning on social media platforms, reviewing the participation, content and fan interaction. Relatively  few of the politicians and parties are found to be using social media for their propaganda activities. Dedicated social pages are being used to promote messages, increase popularity and invite more people to…

Sri Lankan Politicians on YouTube

Sri Lankan Politicians on YouTube

YouTube continues to dominate as one of the leading social media networks in the world. From musicians to sports personalities, and from businesses to charity organizations, many individuals, groups and institutions are using YouTube as one of their primary marketing tools. The site is also popular in the political arena, with politicians and political parties signing up to the network for their propaganda activities. In this series of posts, we have taken a look at the participation of Sri Lankan politicians on Facebook and Twitter. We continue our analysis by…

Use of Facebook by Politicians

Use of Facebook by Politicians

The social media usage of politicians in Sri Lanka is still at early stages and it is apparent that Facebook is by far the most used social network by the political individuals and organisations. The use of Facebook by politicians in Sri Lanka began before the use of other social networks and numerous profiles have been set up ever since.   This analysis takes an in depth look at a few leading and prominent profiles and focuses on the objectives and goals that the politicians wish to achieve through Facebook….