Thursday, 3 March 2011

Did digital media revolutionise the Irish election?

According to some sources a digital election hit the Irish elections 2011 with parties and candidates increasingly using the web to campaign.
Here are some useful examples.
Unlock democracy with Irish TV channel TV3 launched the first ever Vote Match in Ireland. This enabled voters to answer questions and see which party to voter for. Try the interactive quiz
More 'traditional use of the web' included discussion by bloggers. Notable examples were Slugger O'Toole. and Politics in Ireland which aggregated postings from major political and party blogs.

Sociable Blog used twitter to map possible election outcomes. See the analysis and judge whether the results were right.
Reform Card was launched by Joseph Curtin and Johnny Ryan. It evaluated the reform proposals of the main parties in 25 indicators before scoring them out of 100. Results were then examined by leading academics. The website actively sought collaborative involvement using web 2.0 tools was accompanied by a facebook site and twitter news updates a Google group has also been created to seek further help.
For more useful analysis of social media in the campaigns see launched by CiarĂ¡n Mc Mahon a lecturer in psychology at Dublin Business School.This discusses, analyses and profiles distribution and use by parties and in specific regions of ireland.

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