Resource of the Week: The 51st State: The State of Online — The Presidential Campaign 2008 — Candidates and News Sources


Resource of the Week: The 51st State: The State of Online — The Presidential Campaign 2008 — Candidates and News Sources

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By Shirl Kennedy, Senior Editor
Yes, it’s a PDF and, in this case, that’s a very good thing since it’s something you may want to print out and share with others…or just keep close at hand as a convenient reference. It’s an article from the November/December issue of Seacher magazine by Laura Gordon-Murnane, one of our contributing editors here at ResourceShelf. Says Seacher:

As Laura Gordon-Murnane illustrates in this in-depth article, the Internet is no longer like a third-party candidate, but is breathing down the proverbial necks of the mainstream media, threatening to usurp broadcast and print sources as the primary way people follow the election. Five extensive tables look at the Web sites of each of the 17 presidential candidates, as well as mainstream media sites, blogs, and aggregator tools, and show just how much the Internet is impacting the 2008 election. This is a key reference tool for anyone following the election or helping voters.

Not only is this article well-organized and nicely laid out, but Searcher offers a click-through page containing all the live links mentioned here. That’s right, folks. Bookmark this and there is NO need to retype URLs.

Laura covers just about every inch of ground that needs covering here. You’ll find information about online fundraising, political blogs and discussion forums, how candidates are making of use of social networking tools, and how the mainstream media is using the Web to cover the 2008 election. A detailed chart compares the features of major candidates’ websites, and includes links to candidates’ pages on social networking sites like FaceBook, MySpace, Flickr and YouTube.

Another chart provides comprehensive information about what you can find on the larger mainstream media election websites, and you’ll find brief reviews of key political blogs and aggregator tools. The extensive bibiography – which includes URLs where available — is valuable for anyone wanting more information or needing to do additional research. A note at the end of the article says:

Future articles in this series will cover nonpresidential campaigns, political issues, and other aspects of the technological revolution in American politics.

Which means — stay tuned, folks. More great stuff is on the way.


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