Ah the internet. What have you become? We discussed in class how we no longer “surf the web” but more so belong to an online community. I found this funny as I was just discussing this with my friends a few days ago. About how with all the information online, I really just have a rotation of 3-5 websites I visit. Now, some of those sites link me to other sites, but they’re really all I use. Facebook, ESPN, The Drudge Report, MSNBC, Google, and the occasional visit to Yahoo! if I’m ever feeling nostalgic. I guess that’s six, but you don’t have to count Yahoo! if you don’t want. Honestly though, that’s about it. Kind of crazy when you think about how many websites there are, but that’s really all I need.
But once every two years, I branch out. .gov becomes a regular ending for me for about a month out of my life during election seasons. Now, on page 402 of this chapter, it mentions a study from Bruce Blimber and Richard Davis about how candidate websites really don’t influence voters to do anything more than donate money. I disagree pretty strongly with this, and where there’s smoke there’s fire. I use the sites to help make my decision, because half the nonsense we hear on tv is exactly that…nonsense. Learning more about the candidate’s beliefs and intentions and how organized their agenda’s are on their websites helps me decide who to vote for.
Just this past election, I voted for 4 republicans, 2 democrats, one tea party member, and one constitutionalist. The websites allow you to research, and I did. Most people don’t, but you can’t deny that if they are motivated to, that they can. Sure, the site’s are there to raise money, it’s an easy way to do it. Just enter a credit number and you’re done. But the information is there for a reason. Information free of media bias. More stress needs to be put on educating ourselves on our candidate’s and I really think if more people would read what they actually have to say, we’d be less pissed off at them once they’re in office, because we’d know what to expect. E-campaigning. It’s the future. “Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.”