After flight cancellations barred her realspace attendance, Elizabeth Edwards is appearing right now at PDF for her conversation with Andrew Rasiej on the role of the Internet in the campaigns, in media, and in culture.
She is wonderfully pithy – smooth even, though in a very genuine seeming way – on these topics.
On the latest Pew stat that 50% of Americans get political information online, she was skeptical. Getting your news from CNN.com, she said, “is not getting your information from the Internet.”
She’s surprised that after the success of the 2004 “swift boat” attacks – as much as she “despised” it – that there haven’t been more similar uses of the web to get a message out.
Andrew asked if she thinks presidential candidates themselves actually gets the Internet and its potential, or if it’s still seen as “mostly a spigot.” Her answer, “… mostly a spigot, but because it’s such an effective spigot, they’re beginning to see it in other ways.”
But she says change comes slowly. “After Bill Clinton,” she joked with dazzling ease, “we still had Eliot Spitzer. Politicians are not as easy to train as we’d like them to be.”
UPDATE: It got even a little cooler moments later …
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