This certainly shows how the on line media used corresponds with the message. CNN reports that while liberals dominate the blogs conservatives dominate on Twitter:
Even though President Obama and national Democrats use Twitter – the social micro blog that everyone from Ashton Kutcher and Shaquille O’Neal to Chuck Grassley and Newt Gingrich often use to directly speak to followers – Republicans have embraced the technology. And with major policy issues being debated and the midterm elections right around the corner, liberal bloggers acknowledge the GOP has the upper hand when it comes to using 140 character messages known as “tweets” to influence the discussion.
“While it is obvious the progressive blogosphere is superior, we are being out-organized on Twitter,” said Gina Cooper, a blogger who helped organize Netroots Nation, an annual gathering of online liberal activists that met last week in Pittsburgh. “There is some catching up to do on the progressive side.”
Tracy Viselli, who attended Netroots Nation, agreed with Cooper and admitted that liberal bloggers are ceding this valuable territory to conservatives.
“Twitter is a news funnel,” she said. “Conservatives are very tightly knit and getting their message out very well.”
This certainly makes sense. In the blogosphere it is common to have posts with links to supporting evidence and the information is often open to debate in the comments and from other blogs. The blogosphere is the on line medium for those who have coherent arguments and the facts to back them up.
The conservative movement is essentially a bumper sticker ideology. They simply ignore the facts whether dealing with Iraq, terrorism, economics, or science if the facts contradict their view points. Their ideas are simplistic. Foreign policy comes down to killing the “IslamoFascists.” Economics is reduced to cutting taxes without any real thought as to what comes next. Immigration policy becomes a way to politely express their xenophobia and racism. Health care policy comes down to doing nothing and repeating the talking points fed to them by the insurance industry. Climate change can be ignored by ignoring the science. What conservative even needs science when you can explain the creation of life, the universe, and everything by quoting the Bible?
Conservative thought in recent years has become simplistic enough in recent years to easily be expressed in 140 characters. Any additional characters will only confuse them with the facts.