Even on television, the Democrats outperformed the Republicans. According to Nielsen, the Democratic convention drew more viewers than the Republicans on each night. And, according to the Hollywood Reporter, the Republican confab last Wednesday even had the embarrassing distinction of being outperformed on every station among viewers 18 to 49 years old by the TLC reality show, “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo,” which centers on the family of a 6-year-old pageant queen who says things like “a dolla makes me holla.”
(Let’s please have a moment of silence for America. O.K., proceed.)
According to a report about social network site, or SNS, users issued by the Pew Internet and American Life Project this week:
36 percent of SNS users say the sites are “very important” or “somewhat important” to them in keeping up with political news.
- 26 percent of SNS users say the sites are “very important” or “somewhat important” to them in recruiting people to get involved in political issues that matter to them.
- 25 percent of SNS users say the sites are “very important” or “somewhat important” to them for debating or discussing political issues with others.
- 16 percent of SNS users say they have changed their views about a political issue after discussing it or reading posts about it on the sites.