The Bruce and Colin Show on WTIC-AM 1080 will be having an internet-only (the radio will be playing the Sox game) discussion of the impact blogs are having on the political process in Connecticut, and our relationship with more traditional media. It'll be live on WTIC's streaming audio feed from 3-4 on Monday.
It sounds like a fascinating discussion. I, alas, am going to miss it. I work till 4pm, and I'll be in transit to a meeting after that.
I encourage all of you, commenters, readers and other bloggers alike, to call in with your thoughts.
I do have a few thoughts about this, myself; mainly that blogs are starting to not only support, raise money for and comment on the political process, but to drive it as well. Where would the Lamont campaign be without blogs? If nothing else, they'd have less money, less exposure and fewer volunteers. Blogs, including this one, were some of the first to pick up on the Lamont story back in the beginning of January, long before articles about him appeared in the Hartford Courant.
Anatomy of a Breaking News Story
In fact, the way that story broke was that someone met Lamont and posted about it on Daily Kos on January 6th. From there it was picked up by My Left Nutmeg and eventually me. A flurry of research ensued (bloggers have great internet research skills--and I say that as a librarian) to determine if he was for real.
A story appeared in the Courant on 1/10, and Lamont was interviewed by Bruce and Colin on WTIC the same day. The story definitely appeared online first, and spread to other media a few days later. I don't know how the Courant got the story, but I would bet it could be traced back somehow to that original Daily Kos posting.
Later that week, Lamont granted interviews to Branford Boy at My Left Nutmeg and, later, an interview and Q&A session here. Lamont not only responded quickly to the blogs, but made a point out of appearing on at least two of them in mid-January.
Usually, stories appear in traditional media first, and then spread online. In the case of the Lamont story, the reverse seems to have happened. Blogs and traditional media feed off of one another, and both help to drive, define and create the political process.
There's a lot more to say about this. Be sure to listen or call in to Bruce and Colin tomorrow between 3-4pm to take part in their discussion.