The event “The Power of Social Media” is being held at the ScottishParliament as part of the Festival of Politics. We’ve got our ticket – have you got yours?
Sun 25 August, 17:30-19:00, The Scottish Parliament, £5/£3.50Social media is a force to be reckoned with. It has toppled regimes and brought presidents to power. The Obama campaign is probably one of the most successful marketing campaigns in history, while the Arab Spring shows the strength of social media, giving voice to the suppressed outwith the restraint of state control and bringing people together for a shared cause. This session will ask whether social media has the power to increase the influence of small independent nations on world affairs or whether their messages will be lost amidst the chatter. Join panellists Professor Rachel Gibson of the University of Manchester; Gregor Poynton of Blue State Digital, the company that drove the Obama social media campaign; and journalists, commentators and tweeters Kate Higgins and Michael White as they discuss the issues.