Notes from RightOnLine:
* new media drives MSM coverage, influences the public policy agenda, increases and enhances activism and spreads messages to a broader audience.
* policymakers pay attention to new media, especially when they're the ones being talked about.
A tale of two states: Texas and Georgia
* both are strong conservative states, but Texas's left-wing blog began to dominate the state legislature. The blogger's posts were read by legislators during their sessions and the elected officials started to debate the posts on the floor, rather than the merits of the issue...
* Georgia's on-line discussion revolved around a conservative blogger who is now in charge of RedState.com. He's not only influenced state politics, but now is a national commentator.
This is an example of how social media can be a powerful tool, but it requires the 'right' to be networked better.
The area where bloggers can make the most difference is at the local level - the government that is closest to you, whether it's township trustees, city councils or state houses.
So the question is: what are you doing to be involved?