Defining the Topic
Yes, blogs are internet sites. But they're a very specific kind. So we're not talking about any and all political websites. Just those that...
Issues to Consider
Anonymity Crossing the line into the mainstream Why should we even listen to these people? Is it really democratic? How do these people creat buzz? (networks)
Quote from Jared Leto (from Perez Hilton) that I want to use:
"I think that blogging should die a sudden death. It's just ridiculous. It's like a playground for four-year-olds. People say and do things in the world of blogs that they would never do in real life, and I think it's a false experience. You know, it's, like, eating too much candy. One of the things along those lines that bothers me about when people start citing blogs as news sources is that when people are writing on these blogs, they feel like they don't feel they need to do any research or back up their opinions with facts or anything, you know what I mean? Times have changed. It used to be, to be a writer you had to have experience and talent, and learn a craft. Now anybody with an opinion, which is anyone and everyone, feels that it's worthy. Technology is allowing people to have access to things where before it required very great skill. So there will be some interesting developments from that, and also some things that are pretty worthless. Pretty soon anybody with a cell phone is going to be able to be a news reporter. The blog is yesterday's parachute pants. It's here now but it's gone tomorrow."
I'm going to store stuff on here for the political blogs section until I figure out something better.
Here's what wikipedia has to say about political blogs.
We should talk about: international dimension interest groups with specific missions (minorities, parties, classes?)
Template:Unreferenced Political blogs are among the most common forms of blogs. Most political blogs are news driven, and as such political bloggers will link to articles from news web sites, often adding their own comments as well.
Types of political blog
Political blogs in the US often have an open and well-defined liberal or conservative bias. Many political blogs in the UK frequently publish articles, rumours and news from various angles, or with a general anti-establishment bias. Blog enthusiasts often tout the openness of biases in the blogosphere as opposed to the supposed impartiality of "mainstream" sources, which they consider to be a sham. In return, many in the more established branches of the media criticize political bloggers for their anonymity and their lack of factual reliability. Most bloggers counter that what many pundits say also is not reliable.
Some political blogs heavily feature original commentary, with occasional hyperlinks to back up the blogger's talking points. Many of these blogs comment on whatever interests the author, as befits the blogger's political leanings, personal knowledge base, and momentary interests.
One notable subspecies of political blog is the watch blog, a blog which sets out to criticize what the author considers systematic errors or bias in an online newspaper or news site — or perhaps even by a more popular blogger. These blogs occupy a niche market, although a scandal involving their chosen subject may elevate them to momentary importance.
Political blogs in Australia
These do not have the same notoriety as blogs in the United States for "breaking stories" or potentially ruining the reputations of politicians or journalists. They have also not attracted the same mainstream media attention which comes along with those activities.
There are five Australian political blogs which are predominantly psephological in focus; ABC Elections, Mumble, Oz Politics, Poll Bludger and Psephos. Most of the other blogs are single writers efforts which focus on political commentary from a consistent political view point.
Political blogs in Canada
Political blogs in Pakistan
These blogs are a combination of news-based and issue-oriented blogs. The only difference is that they focus on many different issues and present both news and analysis.
In Pakistan, a major obstacle to this type of blogging is the threat from different political organization to whosoever writes against them. This threat acts as self-censorship to many bloggers. But there are people who are not afraid. The Glass House is a purely political blog which has been presenting an insight into the political situation in Pakistan since April 2005.
Political blogs in New Zealand
Political blogs in United States
Impact on US politics
While many countries have political blogs, the impact of such blogs on political discourse is most prominent in US politics.
The first major scandal that blogs participated in involved remarks made by then U.S. Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, when the senator remarked that U.S. Senator and former presidential candidate Strom Thurmond, who ran on a segregationist platform in 1948, would have made a good president. The continued attention of bloggers, such as Josh Marshall, kept the story alive and drew media attention not only to the event itself, but Lott's previous comments along the same lines and association with groups like the Council of Conservative Citizens.
Political blogs attracted further attention as a result of their use by two political candidates in 2003: Howard Dean and Wesley Clark. Both gained political buzz on the Internet, and particularly among bloggers, before they were taken seriously as candidates by traditional media outlets. Joe Trippi, Dean's campaign manager, made the Internet a particular focus of the campaign. Both candidates stumbled in the end, but were, at one time or another, thought of as front runners for the Democratic nomination. Senator John Kerry, the eventual Democratic nominee in 2004, maintained a blog on his own campaign site, as did his opponent, President George W. Bush.
Political blogs have many positive and negative ramifications. Whereas some political blogs offer new insight and accurate reporting, others openly commit libel and slander. Overall, political blogs encourage readers to evaluate their mediums.
Beyond the readers, political blogs also have drastic implications on political leaders themselves. Some political leaders have greatly benefited from broad audience base the internet provides. One such example is Howard Dean of Vermont. Dean raised unpreceeded campaign funds via the internet thorough the use of grassroots blogs and his own website. On the contrary, some politicians have greatly suffered due to the increased exposure political blogs provide. United States President George Bush is frequently followed by blog sites online. His follies and everyday mishaps are recorded without restraint. In most cases, they serve as comic relief and are seemingly harmless to the Bush administration.
Above all, political blogs have unquestionably shaped the political arena including the voters and the political leaders
Notable American political blogs and bloggers
Below are the top 10 political blogs from The TTLB Blogosphere Ecosystem
- Huffington Post
- Daily Kos
- Power Line
- Little Green Footballs
- Captain's Quarters
- Talking Points Memo
- Hugh Hewitt
- Mudville Gazette