In 2006 a YouTube video sunk the political career of Virginia Sen. George Allen. It captured him making racial slurs. It’s one reason viral video is at the top of Brad Reed’s list of ways technology has shaped the 2008 elections. The writer at Network World says tech shapes elections in ways that are both silly and real. Overhype? Barack Obama sending out a text message of Joe Biden’s selection as running mate. Real? How candidates act on the campaign trail.
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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.