Daily Archives: November 28, 2008

Richard Waters

The short answer, from a fresh look at some of the evidence, is yes – but probably not as much as some of the Web boosters have been claiming.

A study of this year’s US primary campaign by the Fox School of Business at Temple University concludes that the internet has opened the political field to new entrants who would not have got a look in otherwise (the invaluable TechPresident points to this research today, and also supplies a password to access the research – “templeowls”.) The study also claims to find a correlation between ideas being promoted in the blogosphere and the results of opinion surveys, suggesting that bloggers help to shape broader public opinion. Read more