Tuesday, February 10, 2015
RE: Jeb Bush and Emails
I found this interesting article on the Bush campaign's use of emails. Thought it would be particularly relevant, given our discussion of different forms of media being used both by journalists and news organizations, but also by campaigns and their staff. By no means super deep, the article does however get at the way in which the use of email (and even technology more generally) can represent how political figures communicate and keep up with the times.
Here's an excerpt from the article, which can be found here:
"The emails provide a unique glimpse of the governing style of a major presidential candidate in the age of the Internet. Emailing may be commonplace for most mayors and governors today, but when Bush began pinging staffers and citizens alike even before taking office in 1999, he was ahead of his time. As he notes in the opening chapter of an ebook published alongside the emails, Bush earned the nickname "the eGovernor" after making his firstname.lastname@example.org address public and encouraging constituents to contact him directly with their ideas and concerns"