Twitter connects Obama to youth

Saturday, October 16, 2010

On October 14th, President Obama took action to reach out to the young people  by holding a live, interactive, commercial-free discussion on MTVBET, CMT, and others.  

The discussion was open to 225 young people in the audience and anyone with a Twitter account.

By using the hastags #mygreatesthope and #mygreatestfear, all users able to voice their hopes and fears to the president.

Many concerns were addressed at the chat. Some of which included: violence in schools, legal immigration, crime among young people, increasing the rates of black men and women in college, and fears of America turning into a communist country.

Obama answered each concern individually, enforcing the idea of unity by saying, "We're all Americans. We all want the best for this country. We may have some disagreements in terms of how to get there, but all of us want to make sure our economy is strong, the jobs are growing..."

Politically speaking, this type of discussion can enforce a sense of unity among the youth for the future. Obama is known for reaching out to the young people. He is putting forth effort to get the youth involved with issues of their nation by using Twitter and MTV (popular mediums) as means to connect.

Other media platforms that were used included,, and where the chats were streamed live. Not only was media used to help viewers interact with Obama, but the discussion could be viewed by way of television or Internet, which increased viewer ratings.

These forms of media should  be attributed to the unity of the nation because only a select number of individuals would have been able to contribute to the conversation without them. By using Twitter to help viewers interact, the opinions of all young people were heard and addressed.

There is much thanks to be given to technology and media for opportunities like this to be made possible.

To view a clip from the discussion, visit


Alejandro Caballero October 18, 2010 at 7:53 PM  

It is nice to see how technology is inciting a more participative culture and creating a well-informed society. And, as you said, "these forms of media should be attributed to the unity of the nation."

I can foresee these live discussions happening more often in the future as we keep developing better ways to communicate and engage in mass discussions.

Thumbs up for Obama for taking effective advantage of Twitter to listen to the concerns of young people.

taramaurer October 19, 2010 at 8:07 AM  

How do you know the power of Twitter? When the President of the United States uses it to communicate with youth around the country, it sends a strong message that Twitter has an incredible force.

LIke Alejandro, I think it's great the Obama used Twitter to connect with people and answer their questions. I also think this is a great example of how knowledgeable the youth in the United States have become. We have real concerns and want answers.

Having attended a Forum at Simpson that used the same technique of communicating through Twitter, I know first-hand how efficient it is. I hope to see more of this in the future.

Victoria Jones October 19, 2010 at 9:51 PM  

I was really surprised to see Obama on MTV. I think it's great that he's reaching out to the youth and their concerns.

I also thought it was neat that they were taking questions straight from twitter. It's probably a lot easier than having a phone line.

sheyenne.manning October 20, 2010 at 5:41 AM  

I agree with, Tara, it is a great implication of the growing popularity of Twitter. It is refreshing to see Twitter being utilized in such a way to help people get in touch with politics where they otherwise may not have had a chance.

Alejandro, I really liked what you said about creating a well-informed society. It's absolutely the work of these media platforms that more young people are getting actively involved with politics and world problems. Thanks for the comment.

Victoria, I was surprised, too. I'm glad I'm not the only one.

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