Politics online: think it can’t be done?

To those of you still sceptical, check out just how fast some of these innovations have become mainstream/generalised. The gap between first use and adoption at the top is getting smaller. Of course you’ll make mistakes, but that’s part of the learning curve! Don’t forget Dublin, 7th October!

Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty

  • Technorati are currently tracking 35.3 Million blogs. I’ve no idea how many websites there are, so how you can say ” how fast some of these innovations have become mainstream/generalised” baffles me.

    4 items highlighted for 2006
    8 in 2005
    7 in 2004
    source http://www.politicsonline.com/content/main/firsts/

  • Mick Fealty

    Maybe I should have laid it out more fully, but…

    “CS: December ’05: First French political leader to podcast – Nicholas Sarkozy”.

    Now, Cameron is doing them on his trips overseas….

    So mainstreamed, yes. Generalised, well I admit that’s a harder sell – especially if you are comparing it with the base numbers of blogs.

    On the other hand, according to POL, the first election coverage podcasts featuring interviews with candidates only took place last August in New Zealand’s parliamentary election, I hope the point is clear. And they are now becoming accepted as part of the landscape.

    The point I was trying to make is that the number of new platforms is increasing and, the delay between their introduction to market and their adoption at the top is much shorter than say it was in the struggle to get blogs recognised.

    Maybe there is something familiar and comforting in the podcast interview?

    Note to self: really must get back to doing some more of my own…

  • Mick Fealty

    What trickery is this Mr Cyberscribe?

  • For obvious reasons today I checked the DUP website and was surprised, that a site in Norn Iron, was kept up to date.

    The number of new platforms may be increasing but if, for example,David Cameron only blogs on an overseas trip surely it would show his attitude to blogging. “I blogged and got the t-shirt”.

    A pet hate of mine is blogs that after 4 or 5 blog posts, die.

  • Greenflag

    ‘June: First world leader to vlog – Angela Merkel, Germany’

    Vlog ? Vot eine Ueberaschung (surprise) . 🙂