Monday, July 17, 2006

Politics, the Web and the Midterm Elections:

Joe Trippi Is Stunned by Sen. Lieberman's Web-Powered Foe


One of the most high-profile campaigns in this election cycle pits the incumbent Joseph Lieberman against the blogger-backed challenger, antiwar unknown Ned Lamont. According to political consultant Joe Trippi , Lamont’s quick rise in visibility and fundraising is emblematic of how new media tools like blogs and viral video are impacting political campaigns and movements.

Here Trippi explains how candidates who have harnessed the tools of the Internet are using the visibility to wage election battles at the state level. He cites the John Tester campaign in the Montana primary as another example of people using technology, including blogs and podcasts, to effectively advance their campaigns.

Joe also talks about the ways that social networking sites like YouTube and MySpace are becoming powerful forums for political movements.

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