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Blog // Connect Michigan

The Increasing Impact of Social Media in Politics

By Wil Payton

Nearly 200,000 phone calls, 7 million online signatures, and over 2.4 million tweets opposing the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) recently demonstrated how social media has become a force to be reckoned with in today’s political arena. Forty-eight hours of online activism, and over 1,000 protesters showing up in person, stopped legislation being promoted by some of the most powerful lobbies in Washington D.C. Below is an excerpt from a Washington Post article on the emergence of social media —and the technology world — as a phenomenon akin to awakening a sleeping giant. You’ve read how Facebook and Twitter fueled the Arab Spring uprising. You...

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Tech Firms Often Neglect the Unique Needs of Seniors

By Wil Payton

The Washington Post recently published a thought-provoking article on the plight senior citizens face trying to keep up with the pace of technology. An excerpt from the story is below: Rapidly changing technology places everyone on a constant learning curve. This poses a particular challenge for seniors. Americans older than 65 now number 40 million — that’s roughly 13 percent of our population. The U.S. Census Bureau says that 11 million are older than 80. Very few of them are going to learn to use the innovative and intuitive devices younger consumers can’t seem to live without. Shockingly, few companies are providing pragmatic...

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Students Demonstrate Computers’ Impact on Learning at Annual Technology Showcase

By Wil Payton

Lansing, MI - Some 125 students from nearly 35 Michigan schools recently set up demonstrations to show legislators and the public how they are using technology to enhance their learning experience. The exhibition, held earlier this month at the 11th annual AT&T/Michigan Student Technology Showcase at the State Capital Building in Lansing, provided an opportunity to show policymakers how technology is essential for preparing students for the knowledge workforce of the new economy. Presented by the Michigan Association for Computer Users for Learning and underwritten by AT&T, the showcase featured: An electronic classroom where 30...

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