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There's Something About Austin

New music emerges yearly at Austin's South by Southwest conference. So will new politics emerge from a pair of events this week in the Texas capital?

The third annual gathering of a group of liberal bloggers known as NetRoots Nation converges on Austin this week. But they aren't alone. As the Washington Post reported today, they'll be joined by the conservative response summit, RightOnline.

As news comes out of Texas this week, it's interesting to look back at how the blogosphere has shifted since 2004. Earlier this year, NOW on PBS spoke with Matt Bai, New York Times reporter and author of The Argument: Billionaires, Bloggers, and the Battle to Remake Democratic Politics, who addressed how candidates view the influence of bloggers.

"Now you get bloggers coming into your district saying I can get you money, I can get you support. A lot of people who wouldn't have listened a couple years ago are listening now," he said.

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