Understanding the political influence of blogs
That is the title of this paper written by T.Neil Sroka. The work was based on a survey that the author conducted at every congressional office of the House of Representatives and Senate in the US, to gauge their online activity.
The author arrived to the idea that although more study is needed to know how blog readership and usage directly impact policy decisions, the high levels of blog readership and the widely held view that blogs function as the â€œwatchdogâ€ of the mainstream media clearly suggest that the blogosphere has a much stronger voice being heard by legislators than previously.
The impact of blogs in the US legislative process is not clear yet, but there is clearly an impact, the conclusion appears to be.