Sunday, April 02, 2006

Blogs and politics

DemoBlog has a nice post regarding the emerging power of blogs and the internet and politics, particularly with regards to a recent New York Times article on the subject. The article points out that blogs and the internet have great usefulness for politics but they also pose a problem as well. While blogs and the internet create a great way to mobilize and organize, they are also far harder to control. Take this blog for instance. With it I hope to spread the cause of getting Chuck Hagel to run for President and to get his name out, but I have never met the Senator and this blog is not connected to him or his organization. So while it praises him, he nor his people have any control over it. And that exemplifies the upsides and downsides of the internet and politics.

Update: WebMetricsGuru also has a nice post about the same article.

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2 comments:

JollyRoger said...

I am interested in what Senmator Hagel has to say. I am especially interested in any plans he has to reverse the sellout of America-I am interested in ANY pol who wants to step up and talk about reducing that debt. Time is running out.

DemoBlogger said...

Glad you liked my post. Coincidentally, I am co-authoring a guide to election blogging in which your blog is mentioned in the case study section. I will try to forward one of our review copies once we have a final draft ready. My e-mail address is in my blogger profile if you want to contact me. Best,Mary