I've writtewn quite a bit about the probable changes in politics as a result of the Information Age and the New Media. On one website I frequent a commenter was yearning for the old days when Walter Cronkite and Huntley and Brinkly pretty much controlled all the news and their bent was modern liberalism. The commenter was basically moaning over the different perspectives offered by Fox News and libertarian blogs and think tanks that are easily accessible on the internet, like Cato.
Obama's campaign is a typical Democrat campaign, and only ten years ago the propaganda would go by basically unchallenged. This election season is the first real election in which the Information Age has a solid effect on what information regarding candidates and issues is disseminated to the public. Unfortunately for Obama and the Democrats their old style smear and slander style is antithetical to the public's desire to get good information cleansed of partisan talking points and manipulations of the truth. It remains to be seen how straight Romney's campaign will be, but if Republicans do a tit for tat dishonest campaign right back at the Democrats, then the trend of pox on both houses will continue at a faster pace. The public is fed up with bullshit politicians making stuff up and assuming the public is too stupid to know the difference. It's so easy to Google and fact-check that the old style campaign will fall flat.
It might do worse than fall flat -- there might be a rebellion against dishonesty and the side that shoots straight might win in a landslide. What a concept. I have no way of proving my theory, but I have a hunch that the days of perception is reality are over and the days of reality is reality are here.