Democracy Dot Com: The Left Shoots Back
New report on talk video spells doom for talk radio's influence.
Video's killing the rock-ribbed-conservative stars, if a new survey on the Internet and politics is true.
YouTube, in other words, is sending Rush Limbaugh down the tubes.
Right-wingers dominated the air waves for decades and were the early users of the Internet, compared with lefties, as I noted nearly a decade ago in the Voice in "Left Behind".
Now the left has overtaken the right. Also endangered are the establishment's talking-head TV shows, like the one Tim Russert hosted.
Talking head is a lot funnier than talking heads. (See the footage by TomSongs of a White House protest — this scene didn't make the network news, as far as I know.)
His "Impeach" music video argues that it's "time to clean the White House out" because the Bush regime's crimes are "so much bigger than the stain on an intern's dress."
Might as well scrub Limbaugh and other cretins. The new survey doesn't even talk about the eventual demise of talk radio's influence, but that's the implication.
Click on this Wired story, "Record Percentage Of Americans Use Internet For Politics, Survey Finds" for details:
The results of this latest report from the Pew Internet & American Life Project will ultimately be a fatal blow to the geezer-based right-wing talk radio troops, not to mention those dinosaur newspapers that are slow in hopping aboard the Internet.
And speaking of the presidential election:
More from the survey:
A tiny percentage of people are actually posting campaign videos, but the flood of primary-source politically related material now available online (amid the flood of bullshit) also spells danger for — gulp! — newspaper reporters:
It's probably the same with reports from other sources, many of which are no longer being filtered by traditional journalism organizations but are freely available from the ACLU and the Heritage Foundation and all the organizations in between.
That's what I always hungered for as a reporter, and now it's a dream come true. The Abu Ghraib documents, campaign-finance records — all kinds of wonderful material — is online. Who needs CNN or the network news? I don't. And neither do you.
Read the report, if you don't believe me. And that's the point: You can read the report yourself.
Take the long view — read between the lines of the Pew report — and you'll realize that the days of influence are over for such nattering-nabob self-parodies as Limbaugh. Unless he contributes his own fart videos to YouTube.
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