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Re: Politics and the Internet: Strange Bedfellows?
Posted by: Elizabeth Millard 2003-11-03 11:31:26
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Although a stereotype exists that the political sector is slow to change, once it embraces a new approach, it does so wholeheartedly. The presidential primary race of 2003 is a prime example of this full-speed-ahead mentality: Politicians have discovered the Internet. The best example to date of the new, wired politician is Howard Dean, who harnessed the power of the Internet so well that he has vaulted into the first tier of the presidential primary race. "As society goes, so goes politics," Gartner vice president Christopher Baum told the E-Commerce Times. What's next in the wired election race?

Re: Politics and the Internet: Strange Bedfellows?
Posted by: BTRandolph 2003-11-03 12:37:53 In reply to: Elizabeth Millard
Seems like every other political headline is crediting the Dean success with his ability to "tap the power of the Internet." I do not dispute that Dean's campaign has been effective in using the Internet to accelerate the development of his grassroots campaign.
My issue is with the mainstream media's conclusion that the Dean Internet phenomenon is the ONLY reason for his success. Sure, the Internet has given birth to its share (or more) of fads. But there is a difference between a dancing baby that you forward to all your friends and an email with some straight talk about changing our country for the better that asks for money to help do it.
The article itself backs up my theory that Dean's success comes from ideas more than Internet prowess. You talk about the cool stuff you can do on John Edwards' web site. Sounds like fun. But where is Edwards in the polls, or in the fundraising totals?
Todd Randolph
Boston MA
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