A documentary presenter highlights the influence of social networking sites on political debate, and how Twitter influenced the 2010 general election TV debates. Does social media get us and our views closer to the politicians? Have political parties and 'old' media lost their power to spin political debate?

First broadcast:
4 March 2011

Ask pupils to fill in a media diary, logging what social media they use and how they use it. Suggest to pupils that they log their media usage under the Audience Uses and Gratifications theory, identifying: entertainment, information, identification, social interaction. Discuss the influence of new technologies on political debate. What is command and control politics and what is its relationship to the media?