Why Are Social Media Exploiting the Presidential Race?
Is desire for cultural relevance the driving force behind Facebook and Google's unprecedented involvement in the presidential contest?
What's the Latest Development?
Social media giants such as Facebook and Google have "friended" the 2012 presidential contest at a level almost unimaginable just four years ago. Their stepped-up political presence comes as they hire lobbyists, form political action committees and nurture their relationships with lawmakers whose policy decisions affect the companies' bottom line. What's their main motivation?
What's the Big Idea?
The primary reason is cultural relevance, some suggest. They want to position themselves as the place to go to for people who want to talk about politics. Others say that by appearing socially active and engaged in democracy they hope to develop a big well of good will with the political elites who have the ability to make or break them in the future.
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In his final years, Martin Luther King, Jr. become increasingly focused on the problem of poverty in America.
- Despite being widely known for his leadership role in the American civil rights movement, Martin Luther King, Jr. also played a central role in organizing the Poor People's Campaign of 1968.
- The campaign was one of the first to demand a guaranteed income for all poor families in America.
- Today, the idea of a universal basic income is increasingly popular, and King's arguments in support of the policy still make a good case some 50 years later.
She met mere mortals with and without the Vatican's approval.
- For centuries, the Virgin Mary has appeared to the faithful, requesting devotion and promising comfort.
- These maps show the geography of Marian apparitions – the handful approved by the Vatican, and many others.
- Historically, Europe is where most apparitions have been reported, but the U.S. is pretty fertile ground too.
For Damien Echols, tattoos are part of his existential armor.
- In prison Damien Echols was known by his number SK931, not his name, and had his hair sheared off. Stripped of his identity, the only thing he had left was his skin.
- This is why he began tattooing things that are meaningful to him — to carry a "suit of armor" made up the images of the people and objects that have significance to him, from his friends to talismans.
- Echols believes that all places are imbued with divinity: "If you interact with New York City as if there's an intelligence behind... then it will behave towards you the same way."
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