Espen Skoland, a Norwegian who recently completed his MA on the impact of blogs on political campaigns, notes that while the political parties don’t seem to have done much with the internet in the recent campaign for the local elections, voters have visted political parties’ websites ten times as much as at the last elections, two years ago.

Kristine Lowe also points to Dag P. Svendsen, who on the blog Kommunevalget 2007 has been analysing “blog buzz” to predict the outcome of the elections – and do you know, he was right. Or the blogosphere was right.

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  2. Norman Hanscombe

    It’s worth remembering, though, that “One swallow –etc.” It will take longer to decide whether or not this initial correlation is more than that. Without knowing anything about the results, I’d suspect [based solely on Australian friends who frequent such sites}that blog responses might be more likely to appear to be accurate predictors if the eventual winners were on the ‘progressive’ side favoured by younger voters. Still, I’m sticking my neck out with a statement like that, and will look silly if the conservatives won over there in these particular elections?

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