The election may have moved to the internet but politics hasn’t – The Guardian
Emily Bell on digital economy bill, internet and 2010 election:
"But this is not an "internet election". It is yet another broadcast election; this time with the internet thrown in as a bonus bandwidth-free conduit. The un-internetted nature of modern politics was amply demonstrated by the passage of the digital economy bill last week in parliament, where an informed, vocal group that has both knowledge of and passion about the internet was ignored by a process and an institution that apparently have neither. For many it was their first encounter with "live" law-making
Bloggers and commentators familiar with parliamentary procedure chided and guided the less experienced dissenters into more effective channels of action; how to pursue and amend faulty legislation, rather than simply complain about it. But the fact remained that the analogue political process had not been breached by all this web activity."