… it’ll be blogged, tweeted and subject to live streaming.
Was on the platform at this event at City University yesterday night speaking alongside some big names in the new technology stakes and the BBC’s Nick Robinson with the Today programme’s Evan Davies chairing. It has since been blogged here and here plus tweeted here and in the run-up even had a Facebook group of its own.
When asked what the new tecnology that could potentially swing the next election Matthew McGregor thought email; probably because Obama (who he has worked for via his company Blue State Digital) was able to raise millions by making people quiver at every email suggesting that the race was tightening. Nick Robinson said cameraphones which had the potential to uncover another John Prescott punch or Blair hospital harranguing. I suppose their responses contrast the differences between internal (party only) versus external (general public) stuff.
The conclusion seemed to be that the tv debates would have more impact than the combined effect of new media. It’s worth stating though that there is a converegence of everything so even if the old media television debates are a combined 4 hours + long in an age of shortening attention spans/ accelerated culture the content will be clipped for youtube and cheeky bloggers might even have a go at one of those remixed viral vids – you know the kind of thing. I said on the night that online commentary on politics is an interesting sideshow but at the end of the day elections are won offline by people putting a cross in the box every five years.
Final thought: when is a blog not a blog? Nick Robinson revealed that he had stopped responding to comments on his because they were so abusive/ hurtful/ polemical/ nonsensical. I’ve had some real stonkers from my Comment is Free outings (“you’re not as fit as Konnie”, “what do you know when you work in a polytechnic?” etc). Surely he should be thicker skinned than that and supposedly the whole point of blogging is that it’s two way communication?