On Sunday, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez fired up her Instant Pot and made a black bean soup. She also turned the camera onto herself and through Instagram Live, invited her thousands of followers to engage with her in a conversation about politics. This is just one way that Ocasio-Cortez is using the social media platform to make people excited about the political process.
.@Ocasio2018 is talking about the problem with cash bail while cutting chipotle chilis and making dinner.
This is how you talk politics at the dinner table. I wish more politicians were real like this. pic.twitter.com/vlxoKAAKse
— Renee Bracey Sherman (@RBraceySherman) November 19, 2018
As an incoming member of Congress, she’s learning the ropes as she goes. And she’s bringing us along for the ride, giving us a behind-the-scenes look at what that’s like. Last week, she used Instagram to document everything from getting an ID, to showing us her temporary work space (where she learned that treats are nothing she should get used to), to telling us about the swag bag she received at orientation (which included a government-issued tablet and phone).
On top of showing us a part of the government that many of us know little about, she’s also making it as inclusive as possible. Alexandria is using Clipomatic, which turns her words into live captions, so that members of the deaf community can also follow along her stories.
Advocates for the deaf community hit me up to connect me with tools (i.e. Clipomatic) to better serve all of us.
Thanks to them, I now caption all my IG stories so our deaf brothers and sisters can follow along too. https://t.co/WhwNNgSeHy
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) November 16, 2018
Her Instagram stories have resonated with many. Check out what people have to say about her use of the social media platform.