new media and the political process

This article found online was on the front page of The New York Times on Feb. 9 discussing Democratic presidential contender John Edwards' controversy with the two people running his campaign blog. He decided to keep his staff, but it was either keeping the women and facing criticism from conservatives who disproved of the vulgarity in their blogging past, or firing the women and facing criticism from the internet world.

The blogging world is playing a progressively larger role in elections. More and more politicians are hiring people to maintain online blogs in order to improve their chances of election. In what ways could this affect politics for the future? Just like the supreme court's judicial review powers, or the president's cabinet staff, could the blogging world play an unofficial, but intensive systematic role, in the political process?

This is the context of the story.

Here is the update on the women.