Voice of the Internet
If there is one thing this class has made apparent, it is the proliferation of technology into all facets of life. With that, politics is no different. The internet is quickly becoming the source of information for the curious. In the study cited this is quite apparent even in the small sample size collected following the 2008 US presidential election. Just in the four years between the 2004 and 2008 elections there was a doubling in usage of the internet as a source of information for politics.
In this presentation there is a review of the findings and discussion of how the internet will likely/hopefully/potentially/etc morph the way politics is conducted (just as it has morphed the way we shop, socialize, etc). The study tackled such questions as to what media is used, how they are used, and who even uses which forms of communication. Prudently, the authors even noted how content creation seemed to moving somewhat from the entrenched outlets. In the upcoming 2012 elections it will interesting to see how much further the internet has shifted the way politics goes down.