This, too, is what Democracy looks like

The sun shone brightly through the beautiful stained glass windows. The light passed through intricate woodworking to create ornate shadows. Members of the Retired Men’s Association with their thinning white hair and blue or gray blazers slowly filled the pews. Members of the Democratic Town Committee showed up as did folks from numerous other groups.

It is Lincoln’s Birthday, 2005 at Christ Church Greenwich. We don’t celebrate Lincoln’s Birthday much anymore and it isn’t a typical day to be in church, but is an important day to be there.

Valentine's day reflections

The other day I commented about OSN2005, an online conference about social networking.

One of the guest authors there is Andrea Baker. She has a book entitled "Double Click: Romance and Commitment Of Online Couples". There is a discussion about this book as part of the forum. The comments I added about how my wife and I met online as well as a reference to the story of the 'Pina Colada' song being acted out with less beneficial results can be read below.

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I am participating in Online Social Networks 2005, which started on Wednesday. It includes a forum which is mostly text, but has some graphics and links to audio and visual. There are conference calls, gatherings in an IRC channel and other events going on.

I will be a panelist in the ‘Tools for Online Activism’ forum. I look forward to that. For the time being, I’m simply trying to get through all the forum entries and add comments here and there.

This is what democracy looks like

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.

What is DeanSpace?

(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.

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