Study: Americans Use Net To Look Beyond Sound Bite

NEW YORK (AP) -- A new study suggests Americans are dissatisfied with sound bites and turning to the Internet to get a more complete picture of this year's presidential campaign.

The Pew Internet and American Life Project says that nearly 30 percent of adults surveyed have used the Internet to read or watch unfiltered campaign material, including footage of debates, as well as position papers, announcements and transcripts of speeches.

The Pew group's director says, "They want to see the full-blown campaign event." Lee Rainie calls it "a push back from the sound-bite culture."

Google's YouTube and other video sites have become more popular, with 35 percent of adults saying they have watched a political video online during the primary season. That compares with 13 percent during the entire 2004 presidential race.

The study also found that 10 percent of adults surveyed have used online hangouts like Facebook and MySpace for political activity.


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  • by Devil Dog Location: New Bern on Jun 16, 2008 at 04:25 AM
    I remember when news on TV was 30 minutes at noon, and 30 minutes at 6pm. Now,with cable,the 24/7 news cycle preys on the minds of the weak and glorifies violence. Jounalism has become a search for pretty faces and is all about ratings. Viewers concern themselves with a persons appearance and pleasant delivery, rather than the facts. ABC,NBC/MSMBC,CBS are extremely LIBERAL and SOCIALIST leaning. CNN is horrible. FOX is a little right of center, because they have both LIBERAL AND CONSERVATIVE hosts. One must remember, Washington, DC is 68 square miles removed from reality. Before making judgements/decisions correlate the facts from various sources. Watch out for the Internet, because their are "kooks" using that too.
  • by Mike Location: Edenton on Jun 16, 2008 at 03:20 AM
    Facebook and Myspace are controlled by the left wing. What you will find there slants far more to the left than the mainstream media. I was banned from the forums on Myspace, I believe for my conservative postings and dismissal of ultra-liberal postings. An example would be posting quotes from our Founding Fathers in support of the Second Amendment, blowing the gun control crowd out of the water. Citizens should get their info on candidates from the Congressional Record, how they vote not what they say. One unmentioned candidate in this race rarely casts a vote. I believe to mask his REAL agenda.
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