Wednesday, December 11, 2013

GUEST POST Politic360: Mending online political discussion

Jason Brown is launching Politic360, a new social media platform for political discussion
"As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 1” - Godwin's law
Right now political discussion on the internet is broken. If you don’t believe me head over to any of the top political blogs, be it left wing or right wing, and read some of the comments on some of the posts, it won’t be long before you find slurs, insults and lies.

Facebook and Twitter are no better, both act more like an echo chamber than a platform for meaningful and thoughtful discussion. Rather than encourage engagement in politics they have the opposite effect and drive people away from engaging in discussions around the issues and policies that are close to their heart.

Politic360 aims to fix this broken system. Born out of a personal need, Politic360 will connect people through their ideas and opinions rather than their existing social networks, and allow them to speak out without fear of catching the flak.

While existing social media platforms are a bad place to host a meaningful discussion, social media is an excellent way to engage people. Because of this Politic360 has social sharing tools tightly integrated. Users will be able to create a topic for discussion or engage in a discussion already trending and then share every discussion topic, every post, and every comment through multiple social media outlets, such as Twitter, Facebook and Google+ to enhance the distribution.

As well as a platform for discussion and debate it is hoped Politic360 will become a tool for people to learn and educate themselves on political issues.

There are issues that the media doesn’t cover that are important, especially at the community level, so Politic360 is also a great platform to create awareness of the issues within local communities that matter. Politic360 will help educate the public because they will be exposed to passionate, unbiased debates rather than be at the receiving end of biased stories.

You can sign-up to Politic360 and get early access to the beta version, follow it on Twitter and like it on Facebook.

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