Politicians all over the "internets"
A new web site has been launched to report on and serve as a sort of clearing house on uses of the internet and technology in the upcoming presidential contest.
It's called techPresident and keeps tabs on all the internet activitity of candidates. It's sure to be an interesting site to check in on as the elections approach.
The age of the wired politician has most definitely arrived.
Speaker Pelosi has started a blog.
Obama has one too, of course.
As does Hillary Clinton.
And of course, Edwards has hired two of the best to administer his.
Even Bill Richardson has one.
Tom Vilsack contributed to the Talking Points Memo blog the TPM Cafe as a regular.
Even John Kerry has a blog.
So every major candidate immediately launches their own blog, as have many other incumbant politicians
Setting up their own spots on social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace which attract a huge audience among high school and college age viewers is common as well.
The Hare campaign effectively utilized their web presence to bring in a substantial amount in donations as well as a communications tool, proving at least in that instance my argument that websites are a very good tool for donors to quickly and easily donate, as well as offering a range of communication alternatives.
What does it all mean? What's the future in the nexus between political campaigns and the internet?
Is it still a bunch of hogwash and worthless as many commenters contended in previous discussions of the topic?
And are people finally getting some clue that blogs are not some sort of monolithic, cookie-cutter, one-size-fits all phenomena? Is it sinking in that blogs are as varied and different as the groups and people who run them?
Are the sore heads and neanderthals who've routinely bashed blogs and the web "getting it" yet?
And since I believe that a large part of the hatred and angry attacks against this blog and myself come from people who have no concept of what blogging is and/or tend to freak out when a blog doesn't fit whatever peculiar idea they'd dreamt a blog was "supposed" to be, just what is your understanding of blogs and blogging. Has it changed over the last year?