If you are reading this blog – and I’m pretty sure you are – you are participating in what all the cool kids call Web 2.0, of which blogging is but one element.
If you are reading this blog because you are interested in politics and you appreciate all the original, incisive, keen political content herein, perhaps you are also interested in what some of the cool kids call Politics 2.0: How the new-generation Web is affecting the political process and, especially, the way political campaigns are run.
For some background, you can check out a podcast of a show I produced on the topic several months back by clicking here.
Over at his Fifth Column blog, my colleague Mike Miner – described as “The Joke Machine” in at least one national newspaper column – is ably covering the Politics 2.0 elements of the current Ontario election campaign.
1) In the case of the current campaign, the impact of this stuff is still indirect (but not irrelevant). Its biggest audience probably remains young political partisans and, most importantly, members of the mainstream media, through whom it bubbles up to the attention of the broad voting public.
2) Ever since Lloyd Bentsen told Dan Quayle he was “no Jack Kennedy”, political debates inevitably spawn dozens of accounts lamenting the lack of a “knockout blow”. That’s because Bentsen-Quayle (or its Can-Con equivalent here) was the exception, not the rule. Similarly, in the brave new 2.0 World, backroom political operators looking for “macaca” moments will often need to settle for hyping the significantly less scandalous.