I got the following email:
My name is … and I’m a junior in high school doing a journalism program … for the summer.
I’m working on a trend story about the use of text messages in political campaigns, and I have a few questions for you that would greatly help my paper. I’m looking to include direct quotes, with your permission.
1) Do you think texts are an effective campaign technique?
2) Does the use of text messages enhance the freshness of a candidate? Does it really make the candidate appeal more to a younger audience? And if so, does it do this at the expense of the popularity among the older crowd?
3) Do you see texting as a campaign technique that will continue to be prevalent in future elections?
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I was the wrong person to ask, since I don’t actually know exactly what a text message is! It’s something that gets sent on a cell phone, I think. And I know there are these blackberries, but they do email, that’s different, right?