The Internet and the 2008 Election

 This aptly named report from the Pew Internet & American Life Project highlights some interesting facts: that 46% of Americans have utilized the internet, cell phones, or email to garner information on recent politics; that 35% have watched online political videos; that 10% have used social networking sites in seeking political information; and that 6% have made online contributions to political parties. While 28% of those who are wired feel that the use of the internet gives them a more personal connection to their candidates, a larger percentage believe that the internet is home to a great deal of false information. The full report is here. This should be read in conjunction with another Pew study – “Internet’s Broader Role in Campaign 2008.” Several other online sites will provide you with additional, unbiased information as the 2008 elections heat up: the Congresspedia, a wiki-developed site, offers comprehensive information on all things congressional, including the run-up to the presidential elections; and if you are unsure of facts being thrown about by the candidates ,or you just wish to check the veracity of their statements, please use these sites, FactCheck and PolitiFact. And if you want to go historical, there are the always reliable POTUS and the Encyclopedia Britannica’s Guide to American Presidents site.

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