SOME people saw the arrival of political blogs in the early 2000s as the beginning of a war between the bloggers and the traditional media. If that’s true, then the bloggers have won, at least when it comes to reporting about polls.
To write about things differently from the traditional media, bloggers draw heavily on data and official reports. In fact, there is so much data around that it isn’t surprising that most of it goes unreported by journalists working for newspapers, television or radio. This provides ample space for those bloggers who enjoy spending their time mining numbers. They do it not because such things are newsworthy, but because they believe they provide a broader and more detailed picture than mainstream newspapers and broadcasters do…
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Photo: Election night 2007. Ruben Schade/ Flickr