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Kenny Ames is the Director of Outreach at Fireside21. Previously, he served as Director of Client Relationships for CQ Roll Call, Legislative Assistant for Representative Barney Frank, and Special Assistant for Representative Steny Hoyer. A native of Massachusetts, his interest in government brought him to Washington, D.C., to attend The George Washington University. Kenny also is active in the community. He is president of the Young Lobbyist Network; a writer for Cloture Club; a board member of the Young Professionals Division and Civil Rights Steering Committee for the DC chapter of the Anti-Defamation League; a member of the Ben Gurion Society of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington; and an active member of the DC Road Runners Club. Additionally, he is past-president of the U.S. Senate Toastmasters and an accomplished speaker having won several speech contests. Kenny graduated from the Johns Hopkins University with an M.A. in government with a concentration in political communication. His thesis titled, Social Media #FTW!: The Influence of Social Media in American Politics, won the William F. Clinger, Jr. Award for an outstanding thesis in institutional or representative government. He resides in the Brookland neighborhood of Washington, D.C., with Laura, his fiancé, and Sammy, their Springer Spaniel.

Social Media #FTW!: The Influence of Social Media on American Politics

Thesis submitted to Johns Hopkins University in conformity with the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts in Government by Kenneth Scott Ames

Abstract:

“Social media has transformed politics in America. Its effect has impacted the way candidates campaign for the presidency, Members of Congress operate their offices, and advocacy organizations communicate with policymakers and supporters. Social media allows politicians and organizations a method to connect directly and without filters with people across the country, assemble a constituency, and solicit their support at a reduced cost and greater reach than traditional media. Social media is not simply the next in a line of communications technologies: it has changed everyday activities and connected people in a manner never before possible. The rise of smartphone technology has enabled this trend since people can access the Internet almost anywhere making a mobile device a potential organizing and fundraising tool. Social media has transformed politics in America because it creates an instantaneous multi-directional public dialogue that offers the ability to rapidly analyze the data and learn from the findings on an unprecedented scope.”

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