Category Archives: Politics

“participatory media will bring us participatory politics”

Jimmy Wales has launched "Campaigns Wikia", a nascent community which is “aimed at being a central meeting ground for people on all sides of the political spectrum who think that it is time for politics to become more participatory, and more intelligent.”
Read more and consider joining the community:
Campaigns Wikia Mission Statement
News coverage:
search Google News for [...]

Consumer Politics

Noam Chomsky asserts that the 2004 US presidential election was just another consumer marketing campaign, unrelated to the issues — and that most people don’t and won’t care, until their opinions matter.
My friend Jerry Michalski thinks “consumer” is a bad word — it describes a passive, one-way consumption relationship with the productive side of society [...]

Electoral Vote Watch

Two nifty map-based visualizations tracking the current best guesses about the United States presidential election by state/electoral college votes.
electoral-vote.com:
aggregated polls
geekmedia.org/tradesports:
TradeSports information futures market

Free(way) Speech

http://freewayblogger.com/: A guy putting up anti-Bush, anti-war signs on freeways in Southern California.
“When you put a sign on the freeway people will read it until someone takes it down.”
“Depending on its size, content and placement it can be seen by hundreds of thousands of people.”
“The signs on this page were seen by over four [...]

“Pyramid Marketing vs Peer-to-Peer”

Jock Gill has posted a great rant on decentralizing politics and political campaigns at Greater Democracy.
It’s a 20-year vision, I think, but it is starting now.
Democracy at its core is supposed to be about decentralization of power, distributing the decisions to the network of citizens, instead of concentrating it at the top. That’s the [...]