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Time magazine writes a very smart piece on the power of Ron Paul and the inability to track the popularity of a candidate that has mastered alternative media outlets.
While he sits at only 3% (they claim) he seems to oddly keep winning every online, televised and grassroots poll, often by double digits.
While they both may be flawed, the truth is surely somewhere in the middle.
“Kissing babies, stumping on the campaign tour and meeting with the local supporters all seems so… well 1.0. Texas Congressman and libertarian Dr. Ron Paul represents the new 2.0 candidate, with his success recruiting supporters through new social media channels. But Congressman Paul’s online supporters may run far afield from the typical campaign supporter. With over 114,000 views, the MSNBC interview with Michelle Shinghal, representing Strippers for Ron Paul, showcased one of the many new and curious groups campaigning online for the Republican hopeful. With some candidates in the 2008 Presidential election embracing every facet of Web 2.0 to get their message out, from YouTube videos to MySpace profiles, your next president may be no further than a friend-add on Facebook.
There is a wide gap between what the polls tell us about campaign frontrunners and the popularity of those same candidates on the Web.”
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