Jon Udell: Politics and audioblogging Let's think about how this might have played in 2003. There's a really good chance those students would have blogged the incident, with accompanying audio if not video. Having done so, there's a really good chance the blog community would have noticed and amplified the students' blog.
Jon Udell, one of my favorite bloggers, writes about how technology may have a transformative effect on politics. The example he quotes is about an Al Gore quote from 1999 taken out of context by the media, to the dismay of those who actually heard his talk. He makes the point that blogging and searchable audio could be used to fact check media stories.