Comments for:Is the web really changing anyone's mind?
We can look at things qualitatively, but numbers are important too. A quick look at web/household statistics using Nielsen and other sources shows that roughly 50% of americans are online in 8/04, but that basically 95+% watch TV (97% of poor households have a color TV). The number of average hours/day online at home is about one hour/day, while for TV it's about 5 hours/day. Work changes that for online, but probably not by too much. So, discourse online? I doubt it. But as a way of mobilizing people who have made up their mind, but who aren't being active I think there's a real change taking place. At least my own personal anecdotal evidence is that moveon.org is rallying folks who would otherwise just tear their hair out. But is that real? Don't know. I'd like to think that rallying people whose minds are made up is a good thing, we need rallying in helping to rally others.