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Ron Fournier of the APabout the Internet and politics which is not filled with new news, relevant insight or even reasonable balance.
The article starts off just fine and dandy while promising much more:
Frustrated by government and empowered by technology, Americans are filling needs and fighting causes through grass-roots organizations they built themselves — some sophisticated, others quaintly ad hoc. This is the era of people-driven politics.
While Bush may have won the presidential election, Dean clearly won the Internet battles. Kerry was even better than Bush on the ‘net, but can’t claim the credit for a movement started by Joe Trippi. I know, as I was a key player on the third front of this war.
According to the article, MoveOn has already moved on:
Shull, 31, was brimming with ideas for liberal causes, but MoveOn had virtually shut down after the election and the Democratic Party was catatonic. So she took matters in her own hands, e-mailing the 1,500 contacts she had made through MoveOn and asking if they wanted to keep busy.
Finally, Fournier didn’t even approach balance in his article. He covers the monolithic body of Democrats and Republicans but seemed to forget the people who first envisioned the Internet and ran the first political websites. These people claim to have been among the first major political movements on the Internet, and also very significant as late as the recent presidential elections. also provide the best coverage of the .
Update by Stephen VanDyke: Tom Knapp notes that libertarians have been known to “steal the march” or adopt new technology early, but that there is trouble in the follow-through:
Libertarians have proven their ability to “steal a march” on the enemy, and that’s a valuable ability, but it’s short by half of what we need. The next step is amassing enough troops — activists, dollars and voters — to take, or defend, the hill we reach before the other guys get there too. Figuring out how to take that next step is going to require some genuinely creative thinking, not just an assumption that the tools will get us there. The inability to figure out the other half of the equation is what brought Howard Dean and Joe Trippi to grief in Iowa, and it’s what Steve’s been breaking lots of skull-sweat over for the last couple of years or so.
He has a valid point.