Digg The Next President? – Reprise
Blogger Andy Ostroy has a piece in yesterday’s ABCNews site’s politics section entitled Al Gore will not only run, but he can and will win. Now, given how far ahead Senator Barack Obama is in terms of stories submitted to Digg, the social networking engine, and its new US Elections 2008 section, this should prove very interesting to watch and see whether Ostroy is right.
If he is, can we conclude that winning an Oscar for the film Inconvenient Truth and then winning the Presidency means that old media is more powerful than new media, particularly the blogosphere? I’m not sure that’d be a fair assessment, but it’s still true that more people in the United States watch TV than use the Internet for any great length of time.
However, research from late last year shows that kids in the late pre-teens and early teens are ignoring TV for the Internet. Maybe, when they’re old enough to vote, the key to gaining the Presidency will rely on a proper new media campaign. For 2008, however, that may not be true, no matter how popular Digg’s Elections 2008 section becomes. Which might mean that Ostroy will be right, that Americans will vote in a President who has proven his/her ability to get things done.