I don't mean to be unfair, besides I agree with you that the awakening of the young voter was an incredibly wondrous thing. I just think that one of the changes brought about by this past political season is the way campaigns are run as in how voters are contacted.
I love the irony of the fact that the base of the Obama campaign lay in it's 700 offices of -- --- ready -----?--- community organizers(!) heh heh. Those are the people who got all the volunteers on their cellphones, email, and web pages and then out the door to knock on millions of doors. (One story said they knocked on a million doors last Monday alone.) Add that to the thousands of You-Tube videos and Obama's Facebook page (done on Day one.) and you have an energetic, unstoppable, base to spread the word.
I have friends who haven't voted since Richard Nixon won the White House, they got involved again because they saw how involved young people were.
And those young people were brought into the campaign using, like it or not, technology : email, text messages, alerts, twitters and social web boards like this one.
Joe(Starting in Iowa)Nation