October 5, 2004 11:56 AM PDT

Is the PC a political machine?

A flood of political sites--from the astute to the absurd--have turned the old beige box into a political machine.

There's been no shortage of political commentary on the Internet, especially since Web logs took off in the past couple of years. But as the presidential race turns red hot in the weeks leading up to Nov. 2, political Web sites are popping up faster than political leaflets rolling off the presses.

"Nerd news" roundup Slashdot, for example, announced Tuesday that it had launched a political section of its Web site called Politics for Nerds: Your Vote Matters.

Others weighing in on the White House race include renowned hedge-fund manager George Soros, who launched his political blog earlier this month, which outlines his reasons why President George Bush should not be re-elected. And despite a hectic schedule, Soros has been keeping pace with the postings to his blog, responding on a daily basis to interested parties.

Entrepreneurs with a political bent have also stepped in to take advantage of the medium. Don't like Kerry? Buy a bottle of W Ketchup. The Web site not only dishes on Kerry's wife, Teresa Heinz of the Heinz ketchup empire, but touts its all-American ingredients and the American way. The Web site, however, doesn't make a call to arms for electing Bush.

Laughter may be the best way to reach out to voters. And in the case of animated Web site JibJab.com, both Bush and Kerry supporters will find something to chuckle about--truly a bipartisan political Web site.


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