Friday, May 06, 2005
UK: blogging the Parliamentary elections
As the American blogosphere flourished last fall, Wired writes that the trend caught on in Britain throughout the spring campaigns. British bloggers didn't quite have the influence that their American counterparts showed, but they did hit a nerve with several politicians, including Prime Minister Tony Blair, who started their own blogs to connect more direct with their constituents. A blog allowing those who didn't plan on voting to explain themselves even surfaced. All in all, UK bloggers didn't have much of an impact on the election but Stephen Coleman of the Oxford Internet Institute said, "I think this is probably the most interesting phenomenon of this election."
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