Saturday, February 27, 2016

Family Tech: Social media may be ready to shape the political field

Do you know Pewdiepie? How about Michelle Pham?

Your sons and daughters probably do. 

Pewdiepie made $7 million in ad revenue from his Youtube videos that show him playing video games.

Michelle Pham shows how to apply makeup, and makes more than $3 million a year.

There are hosts of musicians making a living on Youtube without the need for a record label. Some comedians are doing OK without ever having been on The Tonight Show.

Millennials are not watching TV; They stream videos.

The age range that watches the least TV is 12- t17- year-olds;18- to 24-year-olds watch a bit more; and 25- to 34-year-olds watch a bit more.

The largest group of viewers is getting older.

My adult son gets excellent civics and political lessons from a cheaply made animated Youtube series called “Extra Credit,” covering video games, history, civics and reforming education. His views are shaped by that. I don’t think he’s ever watched “Meet the Press.”

The young are comfortable finding their celebrities online instead of on TV. Why not their political representatives?

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