Make plans to come to Tiger Bay on May 9 for a panel of leading experts who will discuss the old v. the new media and how it is transforming our political campaigns. Radio was the first major change and then along came television and it turned the political world upside down. Remember the 1960 presidential debates? Nixon was the perceived winner of the debates by those who listened to it on radio. Unfortunately for Nixon, far more Americans were watching the debate on TV and JFK was the clear winner.
Today we have added Facebook, political blogs, Twitter and a host of other new media. Remember when a Tweet was what Barbara Walters fed her dog? Tweets now allow candidates to instantaneously respond to political issues and to reach millions of their followers.
Whoever dominates the new media is likely to dominate the political future. In this years presidential campaign we have already seen the impact of the new media. Obama’s “hot mic” with Soviet leader Medvedev, Romney being characterized as the “etch-a-sketch” candidate, and Hillary Rosen’s attack on Ann Romney for “never having worked a day in her life” all became major campaign issues.
Critics of the new media charge that it has created “manufactured issues” which dominate the campaigns instead of the major issues of the day.
There is no doubt that the new media is changing the nature of political campaigns. The question is whether we will be better or worse off because of these changes.
Don’t miss this important discussion of how the changing media is influencing politics. This will be a fast-paced and informative panel discussion with six leading media experts with past Tiger Bay President Darryl Paulson moderating the event. Make your reservations today!
On the panel is:
Eric Deggans – who has been with the Tampa Bay Times since 1995 as a pop music critic, a TV critic, a member of the editorial board, and a media writer.
John Romano – joined the Times in 1985 as a sports writer in Hernando, with stints as a writer for USF, UF, the Magic/NBA, Bucs/NFL and Devil Rays/baseball beats, and now a columnist.
Jeff Houck – The Tampa Tribune’s food writer since 2005, Jeff Houck covers the way people live through their food. He also hosts the Table Conversations food podcasts.
Mitch Perry – is the political writer and blogger for Creative Loafing.
Noah Pransky – covers City Hall, among other beats, for WTSP Channel 10.
Peter Schorsch – is a political consultant and blogger who writes SaintPetersBlog.