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Voting in Pop Culture

Voting in Pop Culture

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1980

Actor Ronald Reagan becomes the 40th President of the United States, forever intertwining politics with the cult of personality known as pop culture.

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Reagan

Image courtesy of the University of Texas via Wikimedia Commons. 

Schwarzenegger

Image courtesy of The Executive Office of the United States via Wikimedia Commons.

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2003

The Terminator, actor Aronold Schwarzenegger, is elected Governor of California. He is reelected for a second term and served until 2011.

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2008

Barack Obama is elected the 44th President of the United States. Social media and celebrity endorsements are an impactful influence throughout the Hope campaign.

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Obama

Image courtesy of vargas2040 via Flickr.

 

 

2016 San Francisco, CA - Social media giant Facebook launches a nationwide voter registration drive. Ads advocating for voter registration become commonplace on social media platforms. Musicians, actors, and other public figures have begin to engage with young voters via social media in order to advocate for voter registration and specific candidates
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Trump

Image courtesy of Jackson A. Lanier via Wikimedia Commons. 

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2016

Doanld Trump is elected 45th President of the United States. The mogul and reality star engages with social media, specifically Twitter, in an unprecedented manner.

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Twitter becomes a powerful tool in a cult of personality. Celebrities, journalist, activists, and politicians use it to influence the electorate.

 

"Today, nearly 10 million Americans—including millions of children—have an immediate family member in jail or prison. More than 4.5 million Americans can’t vote because of a past conviction. And each year, we lose $87 billion in GDP due to mass incarceration."

-Equal Justice Initiative

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