Political Website To Take Internet By Storm?
Political Hearsay is a new site that isn’t quite finished yet but will allow people to rate different politicians. Is it a welcome new idea, or is it an attempt to pass off propaganda as neutral information, using online voting to suck in a large audience? The site has already been feautred on various websites including dizzythinks and libdemvoice.
Certainly at first glance, it looks like it could turn out to be an interesting innovation, and the site does not present itself as being a partisan cheerleader for any particular party:
"Political Hearsay was founded by Darren Andrews, a young Internet Entrepreneur based in South Birmingham.
This website offers a fresh, new, and innovative design that plans to revitalize the face of politics on the Internet and bring about a whole new interest.
With politics finding it difficult to reach out to the younger generation, we hope to bring this important subject to Internet like never before - appealing to the young and older generation alike.
Here, users will be able to vote for leaders of the three main political parties along with the Labour Cabinet Ministers. The site will average out all the votes cast and display a unique 5 star rating for each politician. An exclusive graph will also be on display to show how their popularity and support from the public has changed over time.
Undoubtedly, this will prove an excellent way of accessing how much criticism or approval a politician receives for the decisions they make throughout their careers."
The site is due to launch in early September, although at this moment in time Political Hearsay says it is 'solely looking to get as many votes as possible' prior to the launch. They have already received over 800 votes. Other features on the site include a forum, statistics page and a poll which will be held daily (according to their blog).
Could this be a website to keep an eye on in the future? It could certainly spark some controversy if noticed by political leaders.