Facebook Top Source for Political News Among Millennials | Pew Research Center

America in great part is a working, credit and consumer oriented society.  For most Americans the subtext of everything they do is debt.  Work, mortgage equity and credit worthiness fuel consumer power.  Consumers must have money to spend and work to earn it in order to keep the system primed.

In this way the role of the consumer is central. Commodity exchange keeps demand, consumption and commerce moving.  To be sure, it is not quite consumer driven.  More likely, consumers traditionally have been driven by what used to be called “Madison Avenue,” which is a metaphor for the advertising and public relations industries.  More importantly, America itself is driven by established generations.  Large segments of the society who drive the labor market, the bying power and the ballot box.

With the increasing importance of the internet over TV, a new generation is now coming into its own representing now the largest group in the demographic mix and the group that will have an impact on our society in its own special way–namely because of the role of the internet in most of what we do today.

PolicyABCS: “The Pew Research Center released a study that will help us understand these important changes as we continue to evolve into an internet based society in important areas like commerce, knowledge management and consumer relations.”

PolicyABCs: You can download the full Pew report here: http://www.journalism.org/files/2015/06/Millennials-and-News-FINAL-7-27-15.pdf

Among Millennials, Facebook is far and away the most common source for news about government and politics. When asked whether they got political and government news from each of 42 sources in the previous week (36 specific news outlets, local TV generally and 5 social networking sites), about six-in-ten Web-using Millennials (61%) reported getting political news on Facebook. That is 17 points higher than the next most consumed source for Millennials (CNN at 44%).Millennials’ reliance on Facebook for political news is also almost exactly on par with Baby Boomers’ reliance on local TV (60%). In fact, Baby Boomers and Millennials demonstrate nearly inverse habits when it comes to local TV and Facebook. Among Millennials, 61% got political news on Facebook and 37% from local TV. Among Baby Boomers, it’s 39% from Facebook and 60% from local TV. Gen Xers fall in the middle for both, with 51% getting political news on Facebook and 46% doing so from local TV.

Source: Facebook Top Source for Political News Among Millennials | Pew Research Center


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The PolicyABCs Website and Policy Think Shop Blog Rules

THE VENUE: Welcome to the PolicyABCs website and The Policy Think Shop blog hosted at: www.PolicyABCs.Org

The PolicyABCs website is an information sharing resource that seeks to host and coordinate various social media tools that will network public policy information sharing and knowledge building. In the past three years, we have built The Policy ThinkShop blog. Other projects will follow.

PolicyABCs is a website maintained to provide a medium where “the public interest” can be better defined, shared and supported.

THE MEDIUM: This website is simply a social platform for sharing ideas through the written word. The focus is on social media tools that allow reasonable people to share and build on reasonable ideas that seek to address current public policy issues. We can all come here to meet and build a conversation to enlighten people who are interested in participating in the public policy discourse from an academic, practitioner or public interest advocacy perspective.

MODERATOR: I am the designer, administrator, and bottle washer of this multimedia project. It started out as a simple exploration of webpage design with Dreamweaver and moved on from there. Once we found wordpress.com we decided to build a blog first, before perfecting the website. The blog took 3 years! So we decided to merry the two projects by using wordpress.org and hosting our won blog. That is where we are in this our fourth year, 2015.

I am also the “typist” behind “PolicyABCs,” “WeSeeReason,” “PolicyThinkShop,” to name a few of our twitter accounts that tweet concepts and words related to reasonable thinking about the world around us. I have been on the internet since 1995 and have enjoyed every moment of it. I have three decades of policy research, development and implementation experience and a Masters degree in Policy.

But this blog is not about me. It is about our ability to build policy insight through reasonable words–hence “WeSeeReason.” We also believe public policy must be understood and acted upon by all our citizens. We want to make public policy “as easy as ABCs.”

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Public Policy Affects All of Us. It should not be a mystery… It should be as easy as ABCs

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