Pols should blog

<p>Today's dailyKos <a href="http://www.dailykos.com/story/2005/3/14/105147/914" title="http://www.dailykos.com/story/2005/3/14/105147/914">http://www.dailykos.com/story/2005/3/14/105147/914</a><br /> runs a story about SF Supervisor Daily and his blog <a href="http://www.chrisdaly.org/site/bdsupvrs_page.asp?id=30418" title="http://www.chrisdaly.org/site/bdsupvrs_page.asp?id=30418">http://www.chrisdaly.org/site/bdsupvrs_page.asp?id=30418</a></p> <p>Kos writes<br /> <cite>But there is a deeper significance to Daly's blogging — he's using the technology to get around the media filter to communicate directly with his constituents. No need to call a press conference, hope reporters show up, hope they write the story, and hope they don't editorialize or lose your original point in a quest for "balance".</cite></p> <p>This is the point I made <a href="/?q=node/62">here when talking about congress</a>.</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.pewinternet.org/PPF/r/150/report_display.asp" target="_blank">Pew study</a> out last week told us:<br /> <cite>The internet became an essential part of American politics in 2004. Fully 75 million Americans – 37% of the adult population and 61% of online Americans – used the internet to get political news and information, discuss candidates and debate issues in emails, or participate directly in the political process by volunteering or giving contributions to candidates.</cite></p> <p>So politicians, listen up, people get their info from the web. If you blog you can tell your story directly do them and avoid the 30 seciond sound bite and the senseless blather from the talking heads on teh 5 o'clock news. And by blogging you will open up the process and create a kind of transparency we have never had in government. Sure it is scary, but do it now and you will be out front ahead of the curve.</p> <p>The voters will reward you (if you are a good guy that is).</p>