Archive for August 24th, 2006

Is the Real Electronic Politics Taking Place Behind the Scenes?

Looking at coverage of the online political world, I sometimes wonder if we’re missing the point: blogs, YouTube and social media are fun and interesting, but are they winning elections?

Thinking about the Lieberman/Lamont primary, it seems clear that these new technologies can be useful for drawing attention and motivating supporters, but good old-fashioned local political organizing is what gets voters to the polls. Where electronic politics seems to be making a real difference is behind the scenes, in the decisions campaigns are making about which voters to contact and how to reach them.

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More Political Uses of Text Messaging

Schwarzenegger’s texting updates from the California GOP convention, and a new campaign is planning to register young Latino voters from their cell phones. Here’s more about the technology Voto Latino’s using, which is open to other groups:
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