Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will be sharing her knowledge about how to use social media with her "clueless" older Democratic colleagues. It's about time.
Today, the House Democratic Policy and Communications Committee is holding a seminar hosted by Ocasio-Cortez and her colleague Jim Himes, a representative for Connecticut, on "the most effective ways to engage constituents on Twitter and the importance of digital storytelling." AOC has used her social media platforms to show anything from a video of her dancing around her new office (as a "fuck you" to Republicans who think government officials can't have fun) to one of her talking about her press-on nail hacks. For his part, Himes posts gems like this:
It's safe to say the senior Democrats are in good hands. Himes says that his older colleagues don't understand the power of the platforms, or how to use them, and that "it's pretty clear that a lot of members have 25-year-olds in their offices" running their social media pages.
There's a divide between the older members of Congress and the (very few) younger ones in terms of acceptance of social media, but the willingness of the party to take the necessary step forward is promising.