Promoted. Who the heck are you people anyway? -Patrick
First off a confession - I'm an Independent and a McCain supporter, I work online but have not been politically active until this election. That being said I'm fascinated by the role of the internet in politics in its current use and its potential for the future, and have many more questions than answers. The basic question being what makes the difference between the left and the right online?
- Numbers/Quantity, there are more left leaning sites and readers.
- Age appears to be a factor. Youth leans Democrat and their proficiency online would likely pull greater numbers to left leaning sites and blogs than older generations.
- Media and the Arts. Fields that frequently lean left also have close ties with the internet.
- Democratic candidates appear to be influenced by the 'Leftosphere' in a way that the right is not.
The most obvious problem with this analysis is that it adresses who's on the left, but doesn't address who's on the right. So here are a few of my question about who is online in the 'Rightosphere'.
- Is there a difference between the reader and the contributor?
- Is there a difference between the audience for conservative talk radio and conservative web sites?
- How does the politcal reader find a favorite site?
- Do online participants become 'on the ground' volunteers? Who is driven to action by web materials?
- What are the demographics for political blogs? Are the demographics different for blogs on the right and on the left? Are the democraphics different for blogs versus candidate sites?
- What are the features that Republicans are looking for online? For instance, are they looking for information on an issue? Are they looking for an event caladar? Are they looking for an easy way to donate?
While I'm full of questions and short on answers the one thing I do know from working online is that knowing your audience is extremely helpful. With such huge potential in a relatively new and untested technology my big question for conservatives online is, Who Are You?