Exploring the uses and effects of the Internet in the 2008 U.S. election

April 16, 2009 at 7:40 pm (Uncategorized)

The 2008 election saw more than half of the US adults using the Internet to participate- the largest ever.

An article found on Yahoo showed how Some 55 percent searched for political news online, researched candidate positions, debated issues or otherwise participated in the election over the Internet.

The Pew Internet and American Life Project found that:

* 45 percent of Internet users watched online videos related to politics or the election;

* 33 percent of Internet users shared political content with others;

* 52 percent of those on a social network used it for political purposes.

The Internet has grown steadily as a source of political news since 2000, when 11 percent of voters went online to keep up with political developments. That figure now stands at 26 percent.

Among young voters and those with broadband connections the Internet has eclipsed traditional media like television, radio and newspapers, the survey found.

Obama supporters tended to be more engaged online than McCain backers, the study found. While 26 percent of Obama supporters active on the Internet posted their own thoughts or other content in an online forum, only 15 percent of McCain-backing Internet users participated, for example.

This is a survey shows clearly how Obama was more ‘Internet popular’.


1 Comment

  1. Politics and Online Journalism « Kay Kinsella’s Blog said,

    […] 28, 2009 · Filed under Uncategorized In a blog by Dairine McCafferty, she discusses the use of the internet in the recent US election. Obama updated followers of his […]

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