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The Blogosphere: How Two Virginia Blogs Transformed a National Race

September 26, 2006

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The Blogosphere: The New Political Battleground
A focus on Virginia blogs and their affect on the important Allen-Webb Senate Race
Guests: Benton Tribbett, Founder of
and fifteen year-old blogger, Kenton Ngo, Founder of

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  • Skip September 28, 2006 7:20 pm

    I can’t wait to look at today’s snail mail. Those credit card letters will finally put a smile on my face.

  • Robt September 28, 2006 12:59 pm

    Keeping our postal workers working. Sounds like combining ones fun with their duty to keep America working.
    Now, if only their was a way to get those pesky automated phone dialed ad calls into those return envelopes?????????

  • Skip won't skip his cable - September 27, 2006 9:13 pm

    A suggestion to help out the Postal Service –
    When you get “ads” enclosed with your phone or utility bill, return these “ads” with your payment. Let the sending companies throw their own junk mail away.
    When you get those “pre-approved” letters in the mail for everything from credit cards to 2nd mortgages and similar type junk, do not throw away the return envelope.
    Most of these come with postage-paid return envelopes, right? It costs them more than the regular 39 cents postage “IF” and when they receive them back.
    It costs them nothing if you throw them away! The postage was around 50 cents before the last increase and it is according to the weight. In that case, why not get rid of some of your other junk mail and put it in these cool little, postage-paid return envelopes.
    One of Andy Rooney’s (60 minutes) ideas.
    Send an ad for your local chimney cleaner to American Express. Send a pizza coupon to Citibank. If you didn’t get anything else that day, then just send them their blank application back! If you want to remain anonymous, just make sure your name isn’t on anything
    you send them.
    You can even send the envelope back empty if you want to just to keep them guessing! It still costs them 39 cents.
    The banks and credit card companies are currently getting a lot of their own junk back in the mail… best of all they’re paying
    for it…Twice!

  • Skip September 27, 2006 8:05 pm

    The Post Office is feeling the heat from email. Likewise, the mass media is treatened by the low overhead on-line news sites and blogs, as well they should. They have been as much as a few years behind the blogs etc in reporting some critical news. I am a micro second away from cancelling my cable TV connection until I can pay for only those stations I want to watch. It kills me to know that I’m actually paying Fox “news” my hard earned money.

  • Robt September 26, 2006 2:11 pm

    Has the Blogosphere become more informational and less corporate interset driven than most main stream media?
    Does that have anything to do with the question of the net neutrality bill? From a definate partisan ideologue Washington establishment that has found controlling our news provides them with the propaganda outlets to secure their power. Even with slanted or misinformation broadcasts.
    One cannot have input and feed back with main stream media as they can on blogs. It becomes two way communication and encourages participation. Even if participation is in agreement or disagreement. Main stream media seems to be ” I tell you ” and thats it. Yet there is still an important role for the main stream media in telling their news or opinions.
    But some have gone to far with their corporate interests and have or are on the path to losing the trust and their credibility in what they have been presenting to viewers as well as what they do not consider news worthy.
    Getting ones news and opinions from multiple sources makes the blogs simply another source that hopefully will require main stream corporate medias to return to a responsible set of standards.
    There is no doubt that blogs provide a Constitutionally right to Associate.
    If that associating be political or what have you. So to me, of course the blogosphere can have effects on political outcomes, As well as Tsunami aid outcomes.