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Sunday, November 09, 2008

Web 2.0 Summit focuses on how the Internet has altered the future of politics

TechWeb and CNET’s Webware bring us some great coverage of some of the discussions at the just-ended Web 2.0 Summit.

On one panel, Democratic campaign organizer Joe Trippi noted that official Barack Obama campaign videos on YouTube garnered over 14.5 million hours of viewing, which would be the equivalent of paying for $47 million of advertising time on broadcast television.

“Just like Kennedy brought in the ‘television presidency,’” said Trippi, “I think we’re about to see the first wired, or connected, or Internet — I don’t know what we’re going to call it — but it’ll be the first networked presidency.”

Arianna Huffington agreed: “Were it not for the Internet, Barack Obama would not be president.”

“By contrast, the McCain campaign really didn’t have a clue,” she continued. “The problem with the McCain campaign was not the age of the candidate, it was the age of the ideas.”



Over 90 minutes of videos on Webware (broken into segments) include Al Gore, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, and PayPal and Tesla Motors founder Elon Musk.

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