"One third of voters say they have not watched television in the previous week," reads a napkin at a temporary Google space in Charlotte, N.C. Another notes that 90 percent of tablet users now consume news on the tablet. One more statistic block printed on yet another napkin: 83 percent of smartphone users are registered voters.
In other words, new media and social media are a huge part of the 2012 election, driving technology giants to increase their footprints not only in Washington, D.C., but also at the quadrennial political conventions. Technology companies were at both the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., and last week's Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.. Google Inc. set up shop in giant shipping containers built specifically for the conventions.
Young voters "are much more comfortable watching the news and evaluating the news on their laptops [and] on their phones," says former congresswoman Susan Molinari. Molinari is now viceRead More »from How you and your smartphone are changing politics