The answer is definately YES! It doesn't matter what its influence is but doing things the old way will definately get you no where in this tech savvy society.
For those(politician) who try to cover their misdeed or try to distort facts, I'm sorry to say that you can't really do it well in this information explosion era. Just a click on the mouse & we will know the truth. Don't think that things is still the same as it is 20 years ago. Please wake up! Is already a new era!! Stone age has become history for god sake!
Before I end my post let me show you what I found on CIA - The World Factbook
25,274,132 (July 2008 est.)
15.868 million (2007)
Can you see it? 62.78% of the population surf internet. The amount of user will increase by the time the next general election is held. So, is new media still not significant to make an impact to the country?