The Internet, Politics, and the Digital Divide

By js, 8 November, 2008, No Comment

Below is an excerpt of the first story that I’ve read which questions the euphoric assertion that the internet helped to elect Obama. Online video was watched over 14.5 million hours Trippi asserts.

“To buy 14.5 million hours on broadcast television is $47 million. So the speeches and the videos they put up that were watched 14.5 million hours by American citizens was the equivalent of half the money John McCain received from the federal government for his campaign,” said Trippi.

If there are many people who do not have access to the internet, WHO ARE the people who watched those videos for 14.5 million hours?

Nicole Ferraro
Written by Nicole Ferraro



But can we really credit the Internet with electing this guy?

Part of the problem with that theory is that it discounts the many Americans who are unaffected by the Internet because it’s unavailable to them.

“There’s a whole group of people who have no clue what we’re talking about, and those are the hundreds of thousands of people who don’t have the Internet because they can’t afford access to broadband,” said Gavin Newsom, mayor of San Francisco.

“There’s a huge digital divide problem, which makes a lot of this very meaningful — but utterly meaningless for those who need this type of engagement the most.”



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