As Taiwan develops more and more and the youth become more savvy and interested about politics, politicians have had to hire spin-doctors to help them get elected. In the past the older compliant generation would just believe what they heard from politicians. But with the advent of social media and the new way in which the younger generation digests information politicians have had to migrate to new media experts to help them get elected. Peanuts Daily spoke to one such expert about his tactics in getting his client elected:
We have had to engage with the society on all platforms: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram… This synergy of methods helps me delivered a focused and targeted campaign for my clients.
Not all candidates buy into this new media hype and believe in the traditional methods. Peanuts Daily spoke to one such candidate:
I’ve been in politics for over 20 years and I know what the people want. They want pictures of me making fists and looking at the camera. It’s what this country has been built on. I’ve been working on perfecting my fist pose for over 20 years now, why should I just change? Because the youth become more educated? Who do they think they are?
Another common method they use is placing exotic dancers on Jeeps and having vans driving around constantly blasting audio causing massive noise pollution complaints.[See related article about noise complaints: http://www.peanutsdaily.com/taiwan-government-looking-anal-rapists].
It’s more like a carnival type experience than an election in our opinion.
Taiwan Elections or Carnival? Was presented by our author Ms. Chow-Vee, Annakei