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Web Use In 2008 Campaigns Shatters Records 19

Posted by samzenpus
from the president-of-the-internet dept.
CWmike writes "Heather Havenstein writes that the increased viewing of online political videos and the use of social networks to gather campaign data and online donations for candidates has fueled use of the Internet in this year's election cycle that is shattering records, according to a study released this week. (Download a PDF of the study.) A record-breaking 46% (compared with 31% in the last cycle) of Americans have used the Internet, e-mail or cell phone text messaging to get news about a campaign or to share their views, according to the "The Internet and the 2008 Election" report compiled by the Pew Internet & American Life Project. So far, according to the report, supporters of Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) are using online tools for election matters more often that those of rival Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). Obama was an early supporter of Web 2.0 technologies, and that effort appears to be paying off, the study finds."
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Web Use In 2008 Campaigns Shatters Records

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  • what uh... (Score:4, Funny)

    by Gewalt (1200451) on Wednesday June 18, 2008 @08:30PM (#23848807)
    What uh... what were they expecting? Web use to decline in the past 4 years?
    • Dupe! (Score:4, Funny)

      by khasim (1285) <brandioch.conner@gmail.com> on Wednesday June 18, 2008 @08:32PM (#23848835)
      Past articles:

      Telegraph use in campaigns smash records!

      Radio use in campaigns smash records!

      Television use in campaigns smash records!

      Phone use in campaigns smash records!
      • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

        by ILuvRamen (1026668)
        wait, you forgot one...bullshit use in campaigs smashes records! Seriously, the internet has made is so much easier to turn Hillary into a raging lesbian, coin operated political automoton, Barack into a terrorist muslim, and McCain into crazy grandpa Phil who never knows what he's doing. Well the internet and the news but both are truly powered by sudden outbreaks of common dumb.
  • by Psykosys (667390) on Wednesday June 18, 2008 @08:31PM (#23848811)
    That web use in the 2012 campaign shatters records. You heard it here first!
    • by Anonymous Coward
      The 2016 election is going to smash those 2012 records.
      • And then "two tin cans connected with string use smashes all records in 2020" after the stupidization of humanity hits critical mass and there is no one left who knows how to keep everything running.
    • by Cyberax (705495)
      But 2016 campaign is smashed by an accident at LHC!
  • demographics (Score:5, Insightful)

    by YrWrstNtmr (564987) on Wednesday June 18, 2008 @08:41PM (#23848941)
    "So far, according to the report, supporters of Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) are using online tools for election matters more often that those of rival Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz."

    In other words:
    So far, younger people (generally, supporters of Sen Obama) are using online tools more often than older people (generally, supporters of Sen McCain).
    • Re: (Score:1, Interesting)

      by Anonymous Coward
      Honestly, though, as a young independent, I lean more to Obama not because I have something against McCain's age, but because I better know Obama's stances on subjects.

      Whenever I try to listen to old-fashion "conservative" medium (i.e. talk radio), All I hear is how Obama is NOT the candidate I should choose. They never take time to inform me about what's so great about McCain (There is at least one positive point, he likes nuclear energy). When I listen to them talk, my brain instantly classify it as parti
      • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

        by Anonymous Coward
        Obama always tailors his message to the audience he's addressing and uses very particular details, which can give you a somewhat illusory sense of where he stands on various issues.

        For example, when Obama spoke to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (a pro-Israel group), he said that Jerusalem must remain an undivided capital. But after that statement was more widely reported (and criticized by Palestinians), Obama clarified his statement by saying that the status of Jerusalem must remain open to
    • The republicans and the McCain campaign spam me daily, the libertarians weekly, while the democrats (apparently) haven't found my email _yet_.
      So who's more technologically (in)competent?
  • Really? (Score:3, Interesting)

    by psykocrime (61037) <mindcrime.cpphacker@co@uk> on Wednesday June 18, 2008 @09:49PM (#23849625) Homepage Journal
    Really? Personally, [philrhodes2008.com] I find that [facebook.com] kinda hard [twitter.com] to believe [stumbleupon.com], ya know? [technorati.com]

    What's next, using MySpace [myspace.com] and LinkedIn [linkedin.com] to promote political campaigns?

  • And yet...All the "significant" candidates are still the same old crooked republicans and democrats with the same presidential cabinet members and bureaucrats over the last forty years. Nothing has changed. Well, ok. The decline has accelerated quite noticeably. Maybe we can blame the internet for that...
  • "A record-breaking 46% (compared with 31% in the last cycle) of Americans have used the Internet,"

    How much of that was just people going to YouTube to see the latest insane rant from the local trailer park, or the latest 'Shop job.

    "e-mail or cell phone text messaging to get news about a campaign or to share their views"

    How much of that was opt-in?
    • by rewinn (647614)

      How much of that was just people going to YouTube to see the latest insane rant

      No doubt quite a lot, but ... remember "Macaca" Allen? His very narrow race was probably decided by a YouTube of his ranting, and McCain's ranting spread on YouTube isn't gonna help him any.

      Old-style politicians, like McCain, just haven't yet figured out that there's no such thing as privacy in any crowd big enough to have a cellphone. So they still pop off with stuff that used to be "acceptable" and even expected, because it showed that He Was One Of Them. That's a liability now.

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