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Monday, December 22, 2003  

With the TV you sit. With the internet you engage.

Simon from NDNBlog has this to say about (somewhat) participatory/internet campaigning:

"Think of the difference between your experience watching TV and being online. With TV you sit. With the Internet you engage. One is passive, the other active.
If you believe all this, it helps explain why Dean is succeeding this time. It wasn't just the boost he got from being anti-war. It is that he is clearly a work in progress, not fully formed as a candidate, and there is a sense that by engaging with him over your computer from wherever you sit that you are engaged in building a value system, a candidate and a community. Simply, with Dean, there is something for everyone to do. You can be part of building something, not just consuming it.

What has changed now is the expectation of the voter/activist/consumer. They will come to expect greater intimacy, greater engagement, greater choice, and greater community in their politics. The medium is the message now, and the message is participation..."



posted by Anjali Taneja | 12/22/2003 05:56:00 PM | |


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