Going to the Blogs?

Thursday night’s Analysis (31 March 2005) focuses on blogging and politics:

In last year’s American election the internet became one of the key political battlefields. Thousands of individuals took to their computers to discuss the issues on their own Internet web pages, or blogs as they are known. Suddenly the agenda was being set not just by the politicians and the spin machines, or the mainstream media and the press barons, but by anyone with a computer and an opinion.

But this is not just an American phenomenon. There are hundreds of bloggers in Britain already writing and researching their own web pages. According to former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith, they will become “a force in Britain, and it could ignite many new forces of conservatism.” Some have even suggested that the Internet and bloggers will change the nature of political debate, journalism and even democracy forever.

With an election expected in May, Kenan Malik explores the world of Blogs and analyses whether they could really change our democracy.

It’ll be broadcast live at 20:30 BST then available on the Listen Again page for 7 days.

Spotted while checking that link: Christopher Eccleston has quit as Doctor Who after just one episode of the new series has been screened.

4 Responses to “Going to the Blogs?”

  1. Lynne
    March 31st, 2005 02:28

    The ordinary people finally have a word and can be heard.

  2. mary
    March 31st, 2005 02:30

    Many times when reading the mainstream media, I stop in the middle of it and check out what some bloggers have to say about it. Sure enough, there are times that the record is clearer on the web and it is much more difficult to deceive the people. Hope it works well for the people in Wales and Scotland and gives them a greater voice in the UK political arena.

  3. no milk
    March 31st, 2005 18:36

    i guess, we need to start figuring out which bloggers are more reliable and who’s just spinning. one thing that the press cannot do anymore is just to report without backup. otherwise, they lose their cred, and then why bother reading them?

  4. Kimberly
    March 31st, 2005 19:20

    I still maintain that while interesting, political blogging didn’t have much of an impact on the election. I think fundraising will change because of it, but I don’t think that the outcome was affected in any tangible way. People just like talking about blogs so they can sound all cool and trendy.

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