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Internet Politics Final Project

Internet Politics Final Project

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Corey W. McKeon (cwm34)Georgetown UniversityDepartment of Communication, Culture & TechnologyCCTP697 – Internet PoliticsProfessor Alan Rosenblatt, Ph.D.Thursday, August 11, 2012socialedculture.wordpress.com/xmckeon@xmckeon/coreymckeoncoreymckeon.com
PART I – Evaluation of “Raise Your Voice”Campaign
About the Campaign
The “Raise Your Voice” for International Exchange campaign is designed tosupport funding for international exchange programs, which are at risk for being cut by thefederal budget. Being cut would mean thousands of American’s opportunity to learn abroadwould be taken away. The Alliance supports many issues surrounding internationalexchange, this campaign specifically, is geared towards individuals who have studiesabroad being provided the opportunity to share the impact it had on their professional andeducational career along with person growth. Without awareness to the programs theAlliance works with, there would be fewer backlashes towards legislatures if funding werecut.As stated on the campaign’s webpage, “the Alliance is striving to increase the profile of international exchange programs—and their very tangible value in communitiesacross the United States. At a time when pressure is mounting for reductions in federalspending, Members of Congress need to hear directly from their constituents about thelocal impact of exchanges in their home states and districts. They need to be aware thatexchange programs benefit local communities, colleges and universities, high schools, businesses, and individual citizens.”
Supporters of the “Raise Your Voice” campaign have very few actions they cantake. With such an uplifting campaign title, one would assume they would be looking for 
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viral videos to support exchange abroad. In the follow section, I will describe theorganization that is running the campaign and then critique the campaign.
About the Organization
The “Raise Your Voice” for International Exchange campaign is administered bythe Alliance for International Educational and Cultural Exchange, or 
. TheAlliance’s role in supporting international exchange programs, as stated on its website, “As part of its mission, the Alliance marshals grassroots constituencies to advocate for thegeneral health and welfare of international exchange programs and for foreign affairs policies that support these programs. By developing contacts throughout the United States,we involve our community in a broad, systematic dialogue with elected representatives inorder to build public and congressional support for international exchange”.Also stated on their website, “The Alliance for International Educational andCultural Exchange is an association of 78 nongovernmental organizations comprising theinternational educational and cultural exchange community in the United States. Foundedin 1993 after a merger of the International Exchange Association and the Liaison Group for International Educational Exchange, the Alliance serves as the only collective public policyvoice of the exchange community”.The missions of the Alliance “is to formulate and promote public policies thatsupport the growth and well being of international exchange links between the people of the United States and other nations”
Elements of the Campaign
There are several elements to the online campaign and no visible supporter outreach
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