Power of blogs
Barely four years after Markos Moulitsas Zúniga, a former American soldier who grew up in El Salvador and Chicago, started a blog from his home in Berkeley, California, the site is now less a blog than a civic phenomenon. With some 600,000 visitors a day, Daily Kos reaches more Americans — albeit like-minded Americans — than all but a handful of the largest daily newspapers. The Chicago Reader, an alternative weekly, recently profiled a 23-year-old law student who writes on Daily Kos's front page under the pseudonym Georgia10, positing that she may well be the most-read political writer in the city, even though few people know her real name (for the record, it's Georgia Logothetis, and she lives with her parents).
From Dean on, Democratic leaders have struggled to understand and exploit this new online movement in their party. John Edwards does podcasts from his kitchen. John Kerry posts on Daily Kos as if it were as natural as flossing his teeth. Harry Reid holds conference calls with bloggers to discuss party strategy.
(from NY Times Magazine)