2008 is finally the year of cyber-campaigning

  • Article by: BOB VON STERNBERG , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 5, 2008 - 11:43 PM

The online world has been touted as a transformative agent for politics since the late 1990s, but never quite lived up to its hype. This year, it looks like it has.

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poonerdogMay. 5, 0811:03 PM

You know..... Obama and Hillary remind me of politicians. Whenever I watch either of them speak for any length of time I think of the story I heard as a child called "The little boy who cried wolf" That's the story where the lesson learned is that liars aren't believed when they tell the truth. Someone please tell me (and let's be honest now) how I am to believe them when I catch them lying frequently. Oh....don't think I am letting republicans off the hook. They are exactly the same.

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neoconnedMay. 5, 0811:18 PM

Don't make me use Google!

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pizann0May. 5, 0811:52 PM

"And geography is no obstacle; all these relationships unfold in cyberspace". It is just amazing what the great men of the past (and present) have invented, discovered and accomplished to benefit, and change, the world for the betterment of humanity.

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bobberamaMay. 5, 0811:57 PM

Wouldn't want to do that now, would we strib?

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guffmanMay. 6, 0812:37 AM

Emily, stop "feeling" and learn about the economic principles that drive the market. You're working for a socialist!

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rdnblueMay. 6, 08 2:57 AM

Because his online presence is a joke in comparison to the other two candidates. Obama's, by contrast, is incredible. His campaign's website is incredibly well designed and content rich. It's literally a machine for generating donations...it's so intuitive and so easy to donate, easy to navigate, and loaded with up to date content. If he were to outsource the code behind it to other politicians, he'd be a hero in political circles. There's really nothing out there that compares with its effectiveness. This is coming from a fairly experienced Software Engineer, by the way.

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desautelsMay. 6, 08 7:45 AM

It is great to see more online publicity in MN. However, Minnesota businesses and individuals are still way behind the online curve. If more business new what tools were out there to help them succeed and network effectively online, business in MN would grow. This is an extreme… But look at the online culture in Silicon Valley and then look at the online culture in MN, light years behind. How can we get our wonderful state to catch up?

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juliagroganMay. 6, 08 9:05 AM

"Grassroots campaigning goes viral". I kept looking for mention of virus attacks on Facebook. I'm guessing they meant virtual but seriously, on the front page? Someone needs to buy a dictionary.

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pizann0May. 6, 08 9:11 AM

If (Obama) were to outsource the code behind it to other politicians, he'd be a hero in political circles." IF Obama hasn't outsourced the code to other politicians, THEN he isn't a hero in political circles. And IF Obama did outsource the code to other politicians, he would THEN be a political hero. Or ELSE, Obama is not a political hero. ("IF-THEN-ELSE"). Maybe you could recommend to Obama that he do all his appearances and speeches online.

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