As images of explosions, fleeing crowds, maimed spectators and heroic bystanders covered our screens in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings of April 15th, I was reminded of a quote.‘The more things change, the more they stay the same.’ Tragedy unfolded on our television screens and through our Twitter streams, and it became clear that while our experience of disaster is fundamentally different from the past, our response to it is still fundamentally the same.
2008 will always be one of the most exciting years of my life. Barack Obama captured the imagination of millions of American voters and millions more around the world. He tantalised us with the prospect of an African-American ascending to the Presidency and wowed us on the campaign trail en route to claiming an emphatic victory over John McCain to become the President of the United States.
We often hear of how social media is changing the world, but will it decide who occupies the White House come November 6 this year? With the expectation this election will be close, could the candidates’ use of social media and web tools be the difference?