Are the Social Media Outlets Out-Of-Mainstream?
For over a week now, Ron Paul has been the top ranked search term in Technorati. Yet, to hear the mainstream media tell it, he's not even a contender, for his name is barely mentioned in post-debate coverage, and he doesn't even register in the mainstream media's polling data. He's not even a blip on their radar screen. So the question is how to square one piece of information with the other. I think the answer is relatively simple, but a bit uncomfortable.
Possible explanations include:
- The mainstream press is lazy
- The mainstream press is so conceited that it thinks it should be the filter through which you must judge who is relevant to the upcoming election
- Internet users, primarily those who frequent blogs, pay closer attention to the details than do the people the pollsters question
- Ron Paul's supporters are gaming the system
- There is a strong correlation between the use of Technorati and an interest in Ron Paul
For the record, Paul's name isn't the only one excluded from post-debate coverage and polling results, in either GOP or Democrat primary coverage. It just happens to be the only one appearing in the Technorati's 10 most popular search terms list.
I feel like I should give a full disclosure notice about my knowledge and opinion of Ron Paul, but I'm afraid that the real explanation is so convoluted that it will take up the bulk of this post, and it won't add anything to the point I'm trying to make, which is this:
There is often a big difference between what interests bloggers and blog readers and what interests the rest of the world.
What are your thoughts? Does this difference concern you? Are there any other possible explanations I'm missing? - Cam Beck