It’s pretty hard not to follow the campaign activities this winter. Sure you may be tired of the media blast already and it isn’t even Super Tuesday. But being committed to my political hopes for change, I’m anxious to see the unfolding results, even if the media analyses and conjecturing pundits offer a daily dose of tedium and minutia.
What has caught my attention this election season is whether or not the use of networking technologies (i.e., MySpace or Facebook) can impact election results. Will there be a correlation between election success and the use of these technologies? Will those using them capture more of the voting power of some 100 million Facebook and MySpace users? And finally, does having more friends in your network translate to more votes? What a great doctoral thesis this would make for someone, I think.
Look at what was noted in a PBS story 6 months ago: “Obama has more Facebook and MySpace “friends” than the other presidential contenders: 250,000, which is about 100,000 more than his main Democratic rival Senator Hillary Clinton, N.Y., who leads in traditional voter polls. Almost every major Democratic and Republican candidate has personalized Facebook and MySpace profiles, adding information ranging from lists of their favorite books to campaign promises.”
Even more interesting is a very current 4+ minute audio clip from Minnesota Public Radio’s “All Things Considered” evening program, by Curtis Gilbert, from January 24, 2008. I heard it last night on the way home from work, and decided it would be the basis of my blog post today. If you don’t exactly understand what MySpace and Facebook are about, this will get you quite filled in.
“Senate Candidates Learn the Pitfalls of Online Politics.” Or you can read the transcript.
Well, now I’m showing my age and am ready to get back on the horse again because it’s time to abandon (not completely) that old way of thinking. If Al Franken can do it, by God, why can’t I? He and I grew up in the same hood, after all. And besides, like him, I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and doggone it, people like me.