Typical of blogs, there’s no agreement on just how influential, or not, blogs are when it comes to elections. However, what people do seem to agree with is that the Internet is playing more and more of a role in elections as a news provider.
What started as an online political counterculture of a few activists is growing into a major force in American elections. Campaigns reach out to bloggers to feed content; online media report the ins and outs of campaigns; and candidates frequently update their own Web sites to make them must-reads for loyal supporters.
“There’s just an explosion of content out there that’s campaign-related,” Tom Bevan, co-founder and executive editor of RealClearPolitics.com, said Thursday during a conference on how the Internet will affect candidates and media coverage in the 2008 presidential campaign.
The Online News Association and WisPolitics.com sponsored the conference.
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