"I was puzzled by Charles Larmore's review of Charles Taylor's new book, A Secular Age, in the current New Republic. The book is sprawling and often maddening, but it is very important (I've tried to do it justice in my own review in the forthcoming issue of First Things), and I give Larmore high marks for his accurate (if prickly) summaries of the...
Use Social Media to Advance FreedomSubmitted by jim on Mon, 2010-11-15 13:43
Okay, so your friends and family keep telling you to jump on the social media bandwagon, but you have no idea what the fuzz is about.
Here’s the deal: The Internet gives liberty-loving folk like us an opportunity we have never had before: to make the case for individual liberty, limited government and free market economics instantly and globally. But with the vast amounts of information competing for attention on the Internet, how do we get people to take notice of our ideas? One way is social media.
Corporations and mainstream media catering to the Left dominate traditional channels of communication, but on the Internet all is fair game. Personal recommendations are often worth more to people than what is being pushed by TV, radio or print media. Social media take advantage of this fact by allowing you to share the ideas you support with your friends, family, colleagues and others, whether they are like-minded or not-so-like-minded folks. They in turn share the material with their friends, family, colleagues, and others—a potentially global audience—thus taking messaging power away from the big guys.
To get an idea of how powerful you are just by using social media to spread the ideas of freedom, take a look at this video:
The Left has already recognized the power of social media to guerilla market its ideas online. But we can counter their efforts by sharing information advocating freedom—as can be found on ITO—via social networking sites like Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, personal blogs, or social bookmarking sites like Digg, StumbledUpon and Delicious. Social media are our avenue toward preventing the Left from dominating the market of ideas with its message—and hopefully getting ahead of the game.
For the social media virgins among you, here are some short videos on how to get set up on the main networks.