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Direct Democracy, 2.0: The Pirate Party

Hey all, I would like to give you a short summary of my presentation, because I have the feeling that Mr. Zimmerman stole me the show..:The Pirate Party should be a good example for new age, digital, online, political grass route movement and why it sometimes fails. For a short introduction trailer view: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4KFErYwojT0 1. … Continue reading

The Internet in Society

Here’s the link to the video I showed in class last week, and below it is the link to the full speech (by Evgeny Morozov) http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Uk8x3V-sUgU http://www.thersa.org/events/video/archive/evgeny-morozov—the-internet-in-society-empowering-or-censoring-citizens A controversial figure who brings food for thought, I would not say that I agree with all that he mentions. For example, he says that dictators don’t fear … Continue reading

The Movement Next Time

By Bill Zimmerman  I’m fed up with people who lived through the Sixties as I did but ask plaintively why political activists don’t flood the streets now as they did then. They don’t remember that when the first lunch counter sit-ins began in 1960, few of us thought that the mere handful of black college students … Continue reading

Total Noise

In light of recent events in Boston, James Gleick of New York Magazine wrote an interesting piece on the relationship between media, current events, and the progression of time. Gleick’s analysis of the public and media response towards a rapidly developing story reminded me much of the exact same relationships during the last presidential campaign … Continue reading

The Media Monopoly: Rightwing Billionaire Koch Brothers Turning Focus to Newspapers

A current NY Times article (4/21/2013) is about the evil Koch brothers, their potential acquisition of parts of the Tribune Company and its influence on in the media. I summarized the most important parts: “In a move that could change the meaning of mainstream media, the Koch brothers, libertarian leaning billionaires and industrial giants are … Continue reading

Social Media and Real-Time Diplomacy

An interesting watch; excerpts from a speech by Philip Seib, a professor at the University of Southern California, on real-time diplomacy in the era of social media. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2HFMkf1qLKY Very interesting comments made about the use of social as a method of free communication that easily expands with earned media. For example, Seib mentions that “Doctors … Continue reading

Stick Together: Differences Reinforce Identity

Hayato’s presentation today on racism in political campaign ads reminded me of this commericial, which ran during the 2011 special election to fill California’s 36th Congressional District seat. In this ad, Democrat Dan Adler positions himself as a candidate who is uniquely qualified, based on his multicultural family, to represent a mosaic of minority interests. … Continue reading

The Sabermetricians: The Digital Innovations that Win Campaigns

BY NATE COHN Over the last ten years, political campaigns have become extraordinarily sophisticated. New technology and an eagerness to identify and exploit the slightest competitive edge have turned campaign strategy into a number-crunching, detail-oriented science. Campaign coverage, on the other hand, has remained mainly concerned with unsubstantiated assertions and campaign lore: the attacks, the … Continue reading

GOP’s Mixed Messaging on Gay Marriage

The past few weeks have been particularly tumultuous for the country on the topic of gay rights.  On March 15 Rob Portman, a Republican Senator from Ohio, became the first Republican Senator to publicly assert his support for gay marriage (motivated mostly by his son’s admission that he is gay).  Less than two weeks later, … Continue reading