All of us over here are very interested in social media, and we’re excited to hear what that looks like in Russia. You can follow Dan at @redburn22, do any of you have accounts?
It sounds like you guys have a very rich political discourse on social media in Russia – I think here it is a little bit more of a cluttered space, without the same kind of national narrative that you’re describing.
Could you tell us a little bit more about what politicians are big on Twitter in Russia? Is it just Medvedev or do other leaders use accounts as well? And do these accounts merely cater to students, or do people of all ages use Twitter? Do they use Facebook pages as well?
In America, Twitter seems like more of a “fad” than a tool for democracy. On the other hand, Facebook pages seem like a more legitimate communication tool because so many more people use it.
OK, so our class is coming to an end, so we have to go! We can’t wait to continue the conversation over Skype!
Dan, Dillon, and Alexis