International Conference on Weblogs and Social Media

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March 30-April 2, 2008

Panel Topic: Politics and Social Media

Friday, March 28, 2008

We're really happy to announce the following panel for Wednesday of the conference.

The news media and politics have a historical relationship that evolves with each new media channel. The Kennedy-Nixon debate is now seen as a watershed moment for television and politics; television's immediacy and visual messages provided a stark contrast to newspapers and was an evolutionary step from radio. Today, social media such as blogs and wikis differ dramatically from traditional media in their facilitation of interaction and dialog and in their ability to leverage what Chris Anderson has dubbed "the long tail" of the market. As we approach a pivotal presidential election, what is relationship between social media and politics today and where is it headed?

  • Kathy Gill (University of Washington)
  • Sumit Basu (Microsoft Research)
  • David Postman (Seattle Times)
  • Derek Young (Exit133)

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