About this Series

After the success we’ve had with previous in-depth reports — the Beyond Content Farms series and Beyond J-School, we decided to do another series on MediaShift. This time the series will look at “PoliticalShift 2010,” the way that social media, technology and blogs are changing the equation for politicians in the context of the 2010 U.S. midterm elections. While Barack Obama used the web and social media to raise millions in micro-donations and for organizing, the conservative side is pushing even harder into social media to rally supporters this year. We’ll look at the Tea Party’s crash course in social media, a Canadian industry minister’s quirky use of Twitter, and we’ll have a roundtable discussion in San Francisco for 5Across.

The entire series is linked below.

Check Out All the Posts

> GOP Beating Democrats with Social Media for Midterm Elections by Anthony Calabrese

> Will Geo-Location Services Play a Role in Elections?

> Quirky Conservative Canadian MP Gets Real on Twitter by Craig Silverman

> DocumentCloud Users Make Ballot Design an Election Issue by Amanda Hickman (on Idea Lab)

> How the Tea Party Utilized Digital Media to Gain Power by Corbin Hiar

> 5Across – Politics in the Age of Social Media, a video roundtable discussion hosted by Mark Glaser

> 4 Minute Roundup – Sunlight Foundation Tracks Money in Politics, audio podcast by Mark Glaser

> Live 2010 Election Day Chat on Social Media + Politics, hosted by Mark Glaser with special guests

> 5 Moments When Digital Media Transformed Australian Politics by Julie Posetti

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Mark Glaser is executive editor of MediaShift and Idea Lab. He also writes the bi-weekly OPA Intelligence Report email newsletter for the Online Publishers Association. He lives in San Francisco with his son Julian. You can follow him on Twitter @mediatwit.

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