If Campaigns are conversations?

One thing I just saw over at TechMeme is that USA Presidential campaigns now are conversations?

Really? So far only one Democratic candidate has met with bloggers who aren’t avowed supporters of his (and has had live chats on DailyKos), that I can see. Only one candidate has invited a blogger behind the press lines.

Yet I find it interesting that some people are giving credit for “best viral media use” to Obama. And others are giving credit to Clinton for being conversational on her Web site.

I thought conversations needed to require two-way discussions. I thought being viral isn’t a good thing unto itself? Anyone can point a video camera at their face and post that to YouTube or Blip.TV or other video services.

Personally, can we save the credit for candidates who actually have two-way conversations and who are actually doing more with technology than Howard Dean did?

And with that, I’m outta here.

109 thoughts on “If Campaigns are conversations?

  1. Nice house Edwards is building. Just what I’d expect from a “man-of-the-people.”

    http://www.carolinajournal.com/

    “The rambling structure sits in the middle of a 102-acre estate on Old Greensboro Road west of Chapel Hill. The heavily wooded site and winding driveway ensure that the home is not visible from the road. “No Trespassing” signs discourage passersby from venturing past the gate.”

  2. Nice house Edwards is building. Just what I’d expect from a “man-of-the-people.”

    http://www.carolinajournal.com/

    “The rambling structure sits in the middle of a 102-acre estate on Old Greensboro Road west of Chapel Hill. The heavily wooded site and winding driveway ensure that the home is not visible from the road. “No Trespassing” signs discourage passersby from venturing past the gate.”

  3. LayZ: Howard Dean raised the most money last time around and he lost Iowa. Translation: money matters, but it doesn’t matter as much as whether you can get people out to vote and it doesn’t matter as much as whether your TV ads are effective.

    I still remember Apple’s 1984 Macintosh ad. It only ran once. You don’t need a whole lot of money to totally change a campaign.

  4. LayZ: Howard Dean raised the most money last time around and he lost Iowa. Translation: money matters, but it doesn’t matter as much as whether you can get people out to vote and it doesn’t matter as much as whether your TV ads are effective.

    I still remember Apple’s 1984 Macintosh ad. It only ran once. You don’t need a whole lot of money to totally change a campaign.

  5. And Osama is leading in New Hampshire and he’s not even declared; what’s your point? And national polls show Billary leading, Osama 2nd and Edwards 3rd. So again I ask: what’s your point? Are you suggesting Edwards is leading in Iowa because he’s supposedly blogging? If so, that is quite a stretch. He’s leading in the polls because at the moment because he’s essentially been living in Iowa hoping to make himself legitimate. Osama and Billary haven’t even put boots on the ground, yet

    It’s not going to matter if the candidates or their lackey’s blog or not. What going to matter is money, and Billary and Osama can out fund raise Edwards any day of the week. They will also dominate the key demographics in the Democratic party: women and African Americans. And no amount of blogging will change that.

  6. And Osama is leading in New Hampshire and he’s not even declared; what’s your point? And national polls show Billary leading, Osama 2nd and Edwards 3rd. So again I ask: what’s your point? Are you suggesting Edwards is leading in Iowa because he’s supposedly blogging? If so, that is quite a stretch. He’s leading in the polls because at the moment because he’s essentially been living in Iowa hoping to make himself legitimate. Osama and Billary haven’t even put boots on the ground, yet

    It’s not going to matter if the candidates or their lackey’s blog or not. What going to matter is money, and Billary and Osama can out fund raise Edwards any day of the week. They will also dominate the key demographics in the Democratic party: women and African Americans. And no amount of blogging will change that.

  7. LayZ: I keep bringing it up because people here keep making the assertion that Edwards doesn’t have a chance.

    Howard Dean had a chance too, it’s just that his ground troops and his TV advertising sucked.

    If Edwards leads in the polls and then delivers TV ads that piss people off and doesn’t have people on the ground who understand how to get people out to vote without pissing them off, then he’ll lose too.

    One other thing: Howard Dean wasn’t a true blogger. We learned that on the night he lost in Iowa. It was then that I realized that Joe Trippi was blogging, not Howard Dean. That’s totally different in Edwards’ case.

  8. LayZ: I keep bringing it up because people here keep making the assertion that Edwards doesn’t have a chance.

    Howard Dean had a chance too, it’s just that his ground troops and his TV advertising sucked.

    If Edwards leads in the polls and then delivers TV ads that piss people off and doesn’t have people on the ground who understand how to get people out to vote without pissing them off, then he’ll lose too.

    One other thing: Howard Dean wasn’t a true blogger. We learned that on the night he lost in Iowa. It was then that I realized that Joe Trippi was blogging, not Howard Dean. That’s totally different in Edwards’ case.

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