Posted by: edgarvasiliu | August 6, 2009

Is Blogging increasing public participation in politics?

Trent Lott with Storm Thurmond

Trent Lott with Storm Thurmond

Yes and No. Robert Cox is right that there is a potential for “disruptive force in the political power structure” of blogs. For example, Trent Lott had to step down because as Senate Majority Leader and Dan Rather had to resign from CBS Evening News because of blogs. However, I also agree with Professor Richard Davis that blogs are just another vehicle for political expression but its influence is primarily limited. Political blogging is really a niche. The blogosphere is really for people that are already in politics. Its just another way of keeping informed or keeping others informed. People involved in these political blogs are generally already active in politics in vary degrees.

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