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It was a little more than four years ago when Howard Dean grabbed the Internet and shook it loose for all the political capital it had. Four years later, has politics online really changed? Chris Wells studies these things. The St. Paul, Minnesota native is a PhD student and researcher at the Center for Communication and Civic Engagement at the University of Washington.
Wells says a challenge for candidates on the Internet, is figuring out how to integrate the voice of their online communities in their campaigns.
About the blogger
Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started the two most popular blogs in the history of MPR and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.
NewsCut is a blog featuring observations about the news. It provides a forum for an online discussion and debate about events that might not typically make the front page. NewsCut posts are not news stories but reflections , observations, and debate.