Campaign '08: The Media's 24-Minute News Cycle

Feeling agitated this election? You're not the only one. With ever more forums for snark, stats and scandal, campaign 2008 was covered exhaustively and exhaustingly. Here's who did it best

If you're like me--and I hope for your sake that you're not--you have been spending the past weeks visiting election-news sites and hitting the Refresh button on your Web browser. New Fox News poll out this afternoon! No? Let's go to Gawker and see what Elisabeth Hasselbeck said about Barack Obama on The View today! Are those poll numbers up at Politico? Drudge? Huffington Post? No? Refresh!

After a while, that little icon becomes less an option than a command. Refresh! Refresh! Refresh! You hit the button, take a big info swig and are left thirstier than you were before. It's...

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