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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Google to Host Hundreds of Bloggers at DNC and RNC

A new guest has crashed the big party, or make that....the two big parties.

For the first time in political history, the Democratic National Convention and Republican National Conventions,  hundreds of bloggers will participate in the coverage, compared to just a few dozen who were present for Bush and Kerry's formal events four years ago.

Google's two-story, 8,000 foot blogger headquarters cost $100 per head and will provide many tools for each blogger,including food, drinks, smoothies, a"Google-sponsored massagessoftware and services, and kiosks to post videos straight to youtube.

A lot has changed since 2004, including the coverage of politics, just ask George Allen, who saw his entire campaign derailed by youtube. From the WalL Street Journal Article:

 There's no such thing as off the record anymore. There's no such thing as private moments anymore," says Simon Rosenberg, president and founder of NDN, formerly the New Democrat Network, and the New Politics Institute.We saw that with 'macaca,' Mr. Rosenberg said, referring to an incident in 2006 when a videographer recorded then-Sen. George Allen using a term often considered derogatory to some ethnic groups. This is the condition of life now in the new media age.

An interesting sidenote is that  this coincides with  a  decrease in newspaper reporters at the conventions, which is  a perfect illustration of the power shift to new media. As bloggers expand their presence and enhance their image at major politic events, it's reassuring to know that there's an extra set of ears and eyes around every corner, keeping our lawmakers accountable.

By Matt O'Hern at 08:37 AM | Comments (0)

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