How Blogging Has Created A New Dimension In Politics

September 21, 2008

When the first concepts of blogging were tested, no one could have imagined its impact on national press and its credibility. But furthermore, blogging was not imagined (and certainly not intended) to not only effect the way we look at the political center-stage, but slant it all together. 

But how has blogging done this? The answer is simple and obvious, but otherwise a genius long-term formula that has overblown its projected stardom. Blogging is everywhere, in politics, sports, health, cooking, business, schools and education. But more importantly, its everyone

And this essentially has two meanings. Anyone who wants a say in their interests has a blog, and if they are credible and truthful, people in higher places will recognize that by quoting and linking them, thus sending the blogger up the ranks. And because blogging has this concept of rising through the ranks, every person who has an interest in something can try it, while being anonymous or not. And this has not only created great bloggers, but famous bloggers. Hence bloggers like Matt Yglesias, who have risen through the ranks based on their credibility and their ability to pump out interesting posts. Then there are also strike-it-rich bloggers like Perez Hilton, but then again this post is about politics.

The second meaning of this would be the necessity for all high-up people and corporations to have blogs. For example, although blogging is truly headed towards the destruction of credible news, Rupert Murdoch is forced to have his own blog. Why? Blogging is not just a trend, it is truly the future of media, and everyone is grabbing their share of stock. And furthermore, hence online webzines and newspapers like The Huffington Post and numerous other smaller magazines, created and run by bloggers. 

But above all of this, the effect blogging puts on politics is not only fascinating, but a serious factor in the 2008 Election.

Before blogging, political press would take their time publishing articles about what they wanted to point out, and now the web has completely changed this habit into a thing of the past. 

An example would be the simple gaffe of the McCain campaign’s economic adviser Carly Fiorina, who pointed out that both McCain and Palin wouldn’t be fit to be the head of a major corporation. The gaffe, routinely covered by think tank Think Progress, was literately handed to bloggers by the press. And the bloggers didn’t leave any mercy — the liberals blasting McCain on how he can’t even pick a loyal campaign advisor and the conservatives lashing back with anything they can find. 

What blogging really can accomplish is unlimited, and this is what has created a new dimension in politics. Both parties know that they can’t get away with anything blatant, and they have to play the press as well as the bloggers.

This is comparable to playing table tennis with a backwind — it can both help and hurt you, depending on if you fight the wind or let it play your shots. And in a sense, all you need to do is let the bloggers bite on something juicy and you have hit a genius spin shot carried to the other side of the table by the wind. 

Hence the vice presidential pick of Sarah Palin, which has created so much noise in the press and blogs that every blogger has featured their own “credible” opinions on, dividing lines in both parties and more importantly creating story after story, claims after claims, and rumors after rumors from everyone on the web. And meanwhile, the McCain campaign, sitting back in their Arizona headquarters had the press and blogs outdoing themselves head over heals, while all they did was simply make a pick and dream up three stump speeches. 

So what’s my point? Blogging, whether you like it or not, is the new media, and the political world knows that they can’t fight it. They need to run with blogging if they want any victory.

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7 Responses to “How Blogging Has Created A New Dimension In Politics”

  1. kayinmaine Says:

    So, what you’re saying is Americans should not have the opportunity to express their opinion and should go back to the “old way” of the MSM not reporting the story behind the story, because this makes the Bush Regime happy?

    Sorry, but in a free country we can have own opinions. Most of us bloggers express our opinion and link to actual articles or government documents FOR OUR READERS TO MAKE UP THEIR OWN MIND. Oh, but you don’t like that. You think it’s a conspiracy of some sort, huh?

    Blogging came about because right after 9/11/01 Ari Fleischer said to the White House Press Corps, “…be careful what you say”. In other words, the Bush Regime made it perfectly clear to them that if they asked the tough questions of the Bush Regime, they would be out of a job.

    American Patriots were startled by this and went to the Internet to have a voice and to be heard.

  2. pacer521 Says:

    kayinmaine,

    Where did I say that? Do you have any examples? I simply wrote this post to describe how blogging has changed politics, in complete non-partisanship. In no part did I say, mean to say, or reference to what you claim, if you actually read the post. There aren’t many people who create blogs to smash blogging, and I certainly aren’t one of them.

    In fact, I am the perfect person who would use a blog. As a thirteen-year-old, there would be no way I could get a job as a political writer. This blog fits me perfectly, and personally I would have a tough time writing anywhere else especially because of my age.

  3. jiovanni Says:

    Good article. Blogging has changed the landscape of journalism for better and worse. I like to think for the better moreso since I’m a blogger. But I do see the flipside especially during this wild election season.

  4. clif Says:

    I can shorten your post a hell of a lot,

    The United States Constitution has a first amendment,

    It means we ALL get to praise, complain, holler, shout, cry, moan, to our hearts content,

    and the powers that be have to frickin’ deal with it.

    The tubes just make it MUCH easier for us all to;

    praise, complain, holler, shout, cry, moan, to our hearts content,

    and much harder for the powers that be to tell us all to STFU.

    PS; if my free speech offends anyone, go tell it to the US constitution!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. basharH Says:

    it’s not hard to find the foreign policy issues with an economic mess this big

    …specifically the effect of a weak dollar, exploding deficit, imploding markets have on our strategic partners and opponents and our ability to influence them.

    Remember that China and Russia are 2 of the largest holders of U.S. treasury debt at this point. That now is a critical limitation on our strategic flexibility both economically AND OTHERWISE, simply because they both have massive heavy chains to jerk.

    This doesn’t make them evil, or even our enemies. Just global real-world politics.

  6. bchboy1 Says:

    thanks for this post…I know i have the right to express my opinion…blogging has given me the vehicle to do so. And it allows me to “hear” the voice of others..
    http://rickywood.wordpress.com/2008/09/22/deepak-chopras-insight-on-the-obamapalin-effect/

  7. pacer521 Says:

    no problem. Thanks for the point of view and agreement — and the link to your blog as well.


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