Traditional media now is covering what bloggers are writing about at the convention. CNN.com has created "Daily Blog Roundup" discussing what blogs, covering the Democratic Convention, are postings on their sites.
It seems the Democratic National Convention is really bringing lots of attention to blogging. Bloggers are covering the convention along with mainstream press and many reporters for mainstream media outlets also now have blogs too that they are also writing for. The convention even has a official blog and had a breakfast today to honoring the first-ever credentialed bloggers at a party convention. Ironically, traditional media covering the breakfast outnumbered bloggers attending the event.
Following the Democrats lead, the Republicans will credential 10-20 bloggers at their convention. According to the AP, the Republicans are still crafting the procedures and guidelines for accepting bloggers, but won't reject bloggers based on viewpoint alone.
It seems Republicians are scrambling to put this together. Media credential applications were deadlined in May and June and there is nowhere on the site could we find information on how bloggers could apply.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC),which serves as the official national Democratic campaign committee charged with recruiting, assisting, funding, and electing Democrats to the U. S. House of Representatives, has created a very cool and interactive website called DTripTV. The site describes itself as a "destination for Democrats who need a quick break from the serious issues facing the country, who want to laugh a bit at the folks on the other side, and who want to do it by playing around with cartoons and games."
The site has a featured series called Republican Survivor, a parody of the reality show Survivor, which also is very fun and interactive.
The site just launched a “webathon spectacular” that includes a flash animation.
Their goal is to raise 1 million dollars by this Friday, but to date the site has only raised 37, 655.
Alexis Rice from Johns Hopkins University recently completed a study on online campaigning and the impact of Internet blogs and e-technologies in the 2004 presidential campaign. The study found that, while more Americans are using the Internet to participate in politics, it doesn’t necessarily motivate them to become politically active. In short, just because people can become involved more easily does not mean they will. However, for people who are already inclined to become involved in politics, who are angered by events, or who are inspired by a cause, the Internet becomes a useful tool for gathering information and becoming involved.