Saturday, April 01, 2006

Wow! The NY Times says the internet is changing politics.

Who knew?

Democrats and Republicans are sharply increasing their use of e-mail, interactive Web sites, candidate and party blogs, and text-messaging to raise money, organize get-out-the-vote efforts and assemble crowds for a rallies. The Internet, they said, appears to be far more efficient, and less costly, than the traditional tools of politics, notably door knocking and telephone banks.

Analysts say the campaign television advertisement, already diminishing in influence with the proliferation of cable stations, faces new challenges as campaigns experiment with technology that allows direct messaging to more specific audiences, and through unconventional means.

Those include Podcasts featuring a daily downloaded message from a candidate and so-called viral attack videos, designed to trigger peer-to-peer distribution by e-mail chains, without being associated with any candidate or campaign. Campaigns are now studying popular Internet social networks, like Friendster and Facebook, as ways to reaching groups of potential supporters with similar political views or cultural interests.

And I should add: yeah, if left is getting rid of Liberman, yeah. left.

Update: Of course Avarosis is right; the idea of writing a piece like this and leaving Domenech out, and Malkin, and the like is simply bias, pure and simple.

But I differ with Avarosis here: if "left" is decentering the party away from the Liberman-DLC faction, and it's a plausible definition, I've no problem with left.

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