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And That, Chairman Frederick, Is The Problem

by @ 5:21 pm on November 21, 2008. Filed under Politics, Virginia, Virginia Politics

Jason Kenney has a great post up at Bearing Drift detailing the problems with the Republican Party of Virginia’s new media strategy:

A handful of individuals have taken it upon themselves to hijack new media from the Republican Party, allowing them to misrepresent the Virginia blogosphere, and now are positioning themselves as the heralds that will guide Virginia’s Republican activists through the wilds of the Internet and to the great beyond.

By organizing around the old guard, by being openly hostile to Republican bloggers, by failing to understand that you are not truly anonymous on the internet, by failing to grasp a basic understanding of new media, by having access to RPV dealings, these individuals are representing themselves as mouth pieces of the Republican Party Of Virginia and threatening the message and direction that the party so desperately needs if it is going to organize and pull itself out of the downward trend of the last few elections.

All of this shows a lack of understanding of the New Media on the part of the current Republican Party of Virginia leadership. Efforts by bloggers to reach out to the RPV and help were met with invitations to blog for the RPV but no real avenue for input in how the RPV conducts its online outreach. Serious questions are raised about the organization of the current leadership and the state of the future of this party, whether it belongs to new voices and new ideas or the same, old, bitter trends that have gotten the party to where it is today.

Well, RPV Chairman Jeff Frederick happened to pop in to Bearing Drift and posted a comment that started out like this:

As you may know, I rarely read blogs. Nothing personal, just a time management thing. But occasionally, people forward me links and I read. Thus, I landed here.

Yea, well, see that’s the problem.

Why are Republicans so far behind in this area ?

H/T: Scott’s Morning Brew

9 Responses to “And That, Chairman Frederick, Is The Problem”

  1. MB says:

    That’s a family spat, so I’m trying (for now, anyway) to stay out of it. But that post and thread are pretty much a textbook illustration of the problems with meshing established party structure with online activists (I think “citizen journalists”, as CCC puts it, is stretching it a bit.) The former has no clue as to what they’re dealing with, and the later has a vastly overinflated sense of importance.

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  3. Whatever says:

    How is that the problem, exactly?

    J-Fred in his post on Bearing Drift mentioned two tangible things he is doing to reach out to bloggers?

    One can spend all day and night reading blogs, so J-Fred’s reluctance to read them may be well reasoned. But does that necessarily mean that he does not stay active via other forms of “new media”, like on the web; on e-mail; or on Facebook (for which he has an account and seems to keep up with it)? Many have had high expectations for J-Fred because he may be the most connected Chairman Rpv has had, but in a world where new media means a lot of things and there are many different ways to communicate online, how is it fair to put blogging ahead of other methods, especially when we just had a presidential candidate break new ground in the use of social networking to win and raise money — and blogging is not social networking.

  4. MB,

    I think each person has their own definition of being a blogger. I sometimes refer to myself as a citizen journalist, because there are times when I do some investigative journalism for blog entries. I heard that term from a new media seminar I attended in November. As for online activists, I believe this might be the more accurate term for a blogger.

  5. MB says:

    FWIW, CCC, I didn’t mean that to come across pejoratively. As you note, there’s a decent gap between actual citizen journalism and most of what we see on blogs. Was just trying to highlight that.


    Whatever – “J-Fred?” Did you pick that up at a Making the GOP Relevant To Young Adults seminar? Was there anyone under 60 there?

  6. No, MB, I did not think you were coming across pejoratively. I think you made an accurate assessment.

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