During the Republican National Convention, protests sprung up at many places around New York City. As I was heading in to blog about the convention one day, I passed a large demonstration in front of the Public Library.
As the police were dragging people off, some people chanted "Shame, Shame" at the police. Others started chanting, "This is what democracy looks like."
That phrase, "This is what democracy looks like" is one that always sticks with me. To me, it conjures up images of the fight for democracy around the world, whether we are talking about the Bastille, suffragettes, Tiananmen Square, or purple fingers in Iraq.
(As originally submitted for Extreme Democracy, editted by Jon Lebkowsky and Mitch Ratcliffe, and subsequently updated minimally to reflect developments of CivicSpace)
In the summer of 2003, Dean supporters with an interest in information technology started meeting online and talking about how they could use their skills to help the Dean campaign. Inspired by community-focused sites like Slashdot, IndyMedia, Kuro5hin, and Scoop, they looked for tools they could build or customize that could be used to help promote the Dean candidacy.
Personal stuff about catching up.
Cold, Crashed Servers, MOO Coding, Job Leads, DNC, OSN
I am on a mailing list of people interested in using technology for not for profits. On this mailing list a discussion erupted concerning when to post to the mailing list, when to put information on a blog and whether it is appropriate to post some of the information on the mailing list with a pointer back to the blog for a more detailed discussion.
I think the emails going back and forth bring us back to an important underlying concept. Whatever you write, think about the goals you have is what you are sending out and question whether the content and the medium effectively serve these goals.