The neutrality of this story is disputed.
Open-source politics is the idea that social networking and participatory
technologies will revolutionize our ability to follow, support, and influence
political campaigns. Forget party bosses in smoky backrooms—netroots
evangelists and web consultants predict a wave of popular democracy as
fundraisers meet on MySpace, YouTubers crank out attack ads, bloggers do oppo
research, and cell-phone-activated flash mobs hold miniconventions in Second
Life. The halls of power will belong to whoever can tap the passion of the
online masses. That kid with a laptop has Karl Rove quaking in his boots. And if
you believe that, we’ve got some leftover Pets.com stock to sell you.
Table of Contents
Are we entering a new era of digital democracy—or just being conned by a bunch of smooth-talking geeks?
Politics 2.0: What we’re ready for, what we’re not
Who’s Plugged In? A snapshot of the online political elite
After crashing the gate of the political establishment, bloggers are looking more like the next gatekeepers.
MoveOn Keeps Moving On
www.president.com: How the candidates’ sites stack up
What’s Hype? Is MySpace for politicos or pedophiles?
10,000 Deaniacs: Where are they now?
PLUS: Daily Kos’ lead site designer on the search for the ultimate digital community.
Silicon Valley conservatives are trying to build the right-wing MoveOn from the top down.
A Vast YouTube Conspiracy: Conservatives take their videos and go home.
Dick Morris’ Footage Fetish: Going after Hillary online
The Digerati Code: Know your netroots from your socnets
Despite “macaca” and “Hillary 1984,” the 30-second TV campaign spot ain’t going anywhere—yet.
TXT MSGS 2 D RESQ?: Cell-phone activism is still on hold
Stupid Tech Tricks: As politics moves online, so have the dirty tricks.
Bloggers, Politicos, and Netizens Weigh In
- Bob Garfield — Advertising Age columnist and On the Media co-host
- Chris Rabb — Founder of Afro-Netizen.com
- Eli Pariser — Director of MoveOn
- Kevin Rose — Founder of Digg
- Esther Dyson — Digital philosopher and digerati
- Howard Dean — Chairman of the Democratic National Committee
- Jerome Armstrong — MyDD founder, former Dean advisor
- Jimmy Wales — Wikipedia founder
- Joe Trippi — Howard Dean‘s 2004 campaign manager, now advising John Edwards
- Lawrence Lessig — Stanford Law School professor, Creative Commons chair
- Phil de Vellis — Creator of the “Hillary 1984” video, former strategist for Blue State Digital
This package was reported by Josh Harkinson, Daniel Schulman, and Leslie Savan, with additional reporting by Leigh Ferrara, Dave Gilson, Neha Inamdar, Gary Moskowitz, April Rabkin, Cameron Scott, and Jonathan Stein.