July 17, 2003 · admin
Governor Dean won’t be able to post today due to scheduling, and Joe Trippi is still on an airplane, so it looks like he won’t either. Thanks for all your comments — every visitor here is welcome over at Blog for America, our official campaign blog. The conversation here is riveting.
Tomorrow is Governor Dean’s last day here, so feel free to keep making suggestions and hashing it out in this thread. We’re all big Lessig fans on the Internet Team, and it has been, as many have said, an historic week. Lessig quotes EFF founder Mitch Kapor as saying “Architecture is politics.” For me, what is so powerful about this campaign is how the Internet is completely changing the architecture of politics. We talk alot about how the energy and momentum is bottom-up, but I think what sometimes gets lost is how the innovation is bottom-up and person-to-person as well (or e2e as Lessig might say). The results of self-organizing are not only more people, but more ideas about how to do local politics. The idea of sending 30,000 letters to Iowa at the last Dean Meetup came from the grassroots, and that has been reported. What hasn’t been reported is that most of the Dean flyers that people are passing out at farmers markets and summer fairs around the country are put together by grassroots organizers working through the Net. Independently of the official campaign, a Seattle group thinks of a flyer idea, which a New York group designs, which they circulate through the Dean listservs, which gets stapled to a Bulletin Board in Missouri by a group of Dean supporters who met through the Internet. A Georgia group designs “Dean Cards,” which are now spreading around the country. 10 years ago, so many of these ideas would have stayed just that — the person with the flyer idea would have turned to her spouse, mentioned the idea, and gone to work. Now that same “mention” – except through the Net – can lead to tens of thousands of flyers all over the country. We’ve still got a long way to go in terms of building an architecture that allows even more person to person to group connections – and the resulting innovation – but what’s amazing about this campaign (from the inside) is how Joe Trippi and the entire campaign is not only willing to allow that innovation to thrive, but believes it is essential to restoring our democracy.
Internet Team, Dean for America