How do blogs influence the electorate?

In ge2010 on April 8, 2010 at 12:48

We just read through some very articulate – and widely varied – opinions on how social media/blogs are influencing this election.

What do you think?  Leave a comment, or write us.

These are from the Norfolk Blogger’s blogsite, over here.

Senior Speaks says:

I don’t think blogs influence people. People tend to like the views of people who agree with them, so they are more likely to read blogs by people who have similar views to them.

It seems that the most popular blogs are blogs hosted by media organisations such as newspapers and the BBC, and party-political blogs. In the case of media blogs, their popularity is the result of being given publicity by the organisations which manage them. In the case of party-political blogs, I think their popularity is gained because other people who support the same party will link to those blogs on their blogs. I think bloggers who don’t support a political party will always find it more difficult to attract readers.

Having said all that, I don’t think the vast majority of people know what a blog is, so blogs won’t influence them.

Cranmer had a different take entirely, though:

It is His Grace’s experience that blogs can have considerable impact in places and upon people one would least expect.

It is not dependent on a mass following, but on a consistent quality of relevant output. Those blogs which descend into comment anarchy cease to offer rational discourse: the blogs that work are those upon which the dialogue is genuine, philosophical and affecting.

The Ghost of Joe Strummer says it has no effect whatsoever, and has some disparaging things to say about blogs in general – that they remind him why he doesn’t listen to them.

dazmando says blogs can have an effect, but it is marginal:

I like to think that Bracknell blog has had an effect on the stories broken here. Like the cllr who was claiming benefits while working or Andrew Mackay and even the open primary. But I dont think my blog has effected anyones vote as I dont try to convince readers to vote Lib Dem. If I did try in infulence things I would lose my readers.

So im summary a blog has a small effect on the outcome even the biggest blogs.

oranjepan thinks blogs keep the important issues up front:

My own blog is less a site where news can be broken, but rather a digest which enable the guaging of the scale of public reaction and provides some feedback.

This is quite effective as it keeps the more important stories alive longer and it also subjects the public statements of each side to their counterarguments where they’d otherwise be ignored.

We’ll have more later, as we continue to scour the net for influence and groundbreaking stories from the world of social media.

What do you think?  Leave a comment, or write us.

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