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Chilean Elections in the Blogosphere

Este artículo fue traducido por Fernando Meza.

On Sunday, Michelle Bachelet, the socialist candidate, won the Chilean presidential election over the more conservative Sebastián Piñera with 53.5% of the vote. One would expect the blog reaction to be equally split. Interestingly, when I checked Technorati earlier today, the posts were overwhelmingly positive: “‘The Phenomenon’ Passes her First Test (ES),” “Great Michelle (ES)” and various posts with titles like “Vamos Chile!” and “Vive Chile!” A little later in the day came the negative posts: “The New Face of Chile – haha!” and “Four More Years?,” referring to the perception that Bachelet is nothing more than a continuation of President Ricardo Lagos’ policy. Perhaps the pro-Bachelet bloggers published in a fury of adrenaline-surging excitement on Sunday night while the disappointed Piñeristas needed a few hours to get over their disappointment. Other excellent, and more non-partisan blogs covering the election are Periodismo Global and el Teléfono Rojo.

Other than simple pro and anti-Bachelet reactions, two other interesting lines of inquiry developed in the election posts. One involved bloggers who began writing about the recent surge of women being elected to national office (Angela Merkel in Germany, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf in Liberia, and now Chile's Bachelet). Technorati has a listing of such posts. Also, many bloggers noted the recent surge leftward of South American countries (Bolivia, Venezuela, and now Chile). A representative sampling can be found using the tags “Bachelet” and “Evo.” In addition, you can find great pics on Flickr of the impromptu Sunday night pro-Bachelet rallies that took place in Santiago.

However, possibly my favorite discovery was the Chilean elections blog, Elecciones2005 (ES), which has been posting non-partisan information about the elections and the campaigns for the past year. Do election blogs exist in other countries? How could the international blogger community support this kind of blogging? Congratulations Chile on a free and fair election!

4 comments

  • […] Rosario Lizana at Global Voices has a terrific roundup with lots of primary sources linked and a good optimistic analysis here. And Mary Joyce at Global Voices has a second roundup, updated, with reactions around the Chilean blogosphere, right here. […]

  • […] Gustavo Coronel has written powerful, readable, interesting essay about all the new problems besetting Hugo Chavez – against all expectations. Chavez should have the wind at his back now that he’s consolidated power, but precisely the opposite has happened. It’s all falling apart on him, the center is not holding. Read Gustavo’s brilliant and interesting essay here. A.M. Mora y Leon @ 6:45 pm | […]

  • Thanks for including my post “The Phenomenon passed her first test”, but I think it is not so “positive” as you say – it is rather a critic.
    Thanks again.

  • […] I’ve been emailing with the editor of Demologue.com, Mary Joyce and we’ve started to work together on a guide to blogging elections. It’s really funny how these collaborations start up seamlessly over the web. She’s never asked me where I live or who I am, and I only found out she is an American based in Morroco when I checked her profile. We met on the Global Voices mailing list and have already started sketching out the guide and emailing election bloggers around the world. openDemocracy will publish it, and I myself am excited to see the final product. Over the years, the amount of projects you ended up knocking together with complete strangers add up (at least in this biz). It’s still so cool when it happens. […]

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