Monday, September 21, 2009

The Internet And Politics: Candidates For Mayor Of Montreal All Wired Up

Montreal Mayor Gerald Tremblay is just as wired as other candidates.
Photograph by: Dave Sidaway, The Gazette

From The Montreal Gazette:

“It is still too early to fully know how important the Internet will become to the American political process. Right now, its relative importance may be low, but that will change, many experts say.”

– Electoral Insight, June 2000

Four years after those words appeared on Elections Canada’s website, Vermont governor Howard Dean turned conventional political thinking on its head when his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination bypassed traditional media and fundraising channels and took the candidate’s message to the Web and its social networking sites.

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