Using the Net for Politics

Snowflake5 – who you really ought to read regularly – explains the difference between how the Tories and Labour bloggers operate. She argues that the Tories are by and large one topic bloggers – politics – but that those of us who are Labour identifying are, well, a little more rounded:

it turns out that Labour bloggers spend more time blogging about football, Dr Who, science fiction, pop music, cookery, abstract graphics of snowflakes, photos of flowers, butterflies, cats and architecture, and stories about obscure goings on in Argentina and Kazakhstan (and apologies if I’ve missed off some obsessions from the list), than they do about UK politics.

snowflake5: The Perils of Political Blogging

Whether that’ll translate into electoral success I really doubt, but then I don’t think that much that goes on here has any dramatic effect on the decisions people make when voting.

About Andrew Brown

I live in Lewisham, South East London, and spent 9 years as a Labour councillor in the borough between 1997 and 2006.
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1 Response to Using the Net for Politics

  1. snowflake5 says:

    Hi Andrew, thanks for the kind words.

    You are quite right to be dubious about whether blogging will have any dramatic effect on elections.

    The web is turning out to be quite a destructive force. The “effect” so far has been mainly about parties using the web to trash their own leadership. The online party groups rarely manage to score hits on other parties – that’s the priviledge of the national leaderships of the parties.

    If Labour bloggers have an effect it will mainly be because we are the lowest key and least self-destructive of the three, rather than because we have convinced people of our policies by online argument. i.e. it’s winning by not doing anything stupid rather than by wielding massive “influence”. To that end, it’s probably just as well Labour bloggers are well-rounded and have things to write about other than politics! In fact the more well-rounded the better.

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