One hallmark of the blog and wiki world is that we do not wait for permission before making things happen. If something needs to be done, we do it. Well, campaigns need to sit up and take notice of the Internet, take notice of bloggers, take notice of wikis, and engage with us in a constructive way.
The candidates who will win elections in the future will be the candidates who build genuinely participative campaigns by generating and expanding genuine communities of engaged citizens.
Archive for the ‘politics’ Category
Muammar Gadafi has a blog. Yes, Muammar Gadafi of Libya. Just thinking, wouldn’t Charlie Haughey have made a great blogger?
Political wire reports that Hilary hired Peter Daou to be her “Chief blogger”. Has she a Chief floorsweeper and Chief toiletcleaner too? Titles are great aren’t they? Daou is another blogger that worked on the Kerry campaign. We already know what Zack Exley is doing these days. Who’ll be Bertie’s Chief Blogger? Who’ll be rewriting press releases for Fine Gael? Labour already seem to have someone doing that. Sinn Fein, will they go with blogs, maybe not since they think their voters don’t have computers. Great quote from David Cochrane’s blog:
Adams: And what of all these policies, where can we find them?
Quinn: All of our policies can be found on our website
Adams: The people we want to represent donâ€™t have a computer
This might interest the politics fans. I wasted a bit of my Sunday by inputting the name of each current TD into Technorati and generated a watch list for each. Here are Technorati Watchlists (RSS feeds) for each TD going alphabetically. Maybe James can help make an OPML file out of this? I have the raw urls in a txt file if it is neeed. Comments appreciated.
CaoimhghÃn Ã“ CaolÃ¡in
Ã‰amon Ã“ CuÃv
SeÃ¡n Ã“ Fearghail
Aengus Ã“ Snodaigh
Steven Colbert kicks ass at the Whitehouse Correspondents dinner. Just watched the video and it was fantasically cutting and took no prisoners. He rounded on the anaemic Whitehouse press too. Before he came on Bush was there with an impresonator interpreting what he was saying. REally quite entertaining but a blood shame that the only way the media gets their digs in is via a yearly joke-a-thon. Boingboing has links to the video of it.
Kevin mentions another journo was at the Dublin riots. RoisÃn is added to an ever expanding list of people who can say “You weren’t there man, you don’t know what it was like, I was in ‘Nam mannnn” or some other such crap. I read the local rag known as the Evening Echo and one of their columnists happened to be there too. Does anyone feel that at this rate O’Connell street was busier than Christmas and packed full of journalists? I dunno but I’m getting slightly suspicious. See, I’d trust bloggers more at this stage and the photos and eyewitness testimony within a few short hours are proof for me. Reminds me of the stories about people claiming they were at Woodstock.
Lets go through all those photos that were taken and see can we spot any of these journos who now claim they were there.
Oooh, and we can have a fascist Chief of Police.
*puts on his Judas Priest album and spins “Breaking the Law”*
Richard Waghorne said on his blog:
it seems that politically-motivated gay people are over-represented online
I’d disagree and think that of those in the Irish blog O’Sphere who identify as lesbian or gay, they’re not very poltical or into activism at all. Look at Homosexual Agenda which has 43 bloggers listed. 43 out of 1000+ Many of them aren’t very active bloggers either. Now look at the posts in that aggregator. Not hugely political for the main part are they? Except the usual dodgy characters 🙂
So in disagreeing with Richard I think myself and Rob need to start adding more people to the Gay Agenda. The idea is to add blogs which are, like Richard mentions, “politically-motivated” though we don’t want foaming at the mouth folks either. Sorry RabidStraightHatingBottom33, maybe try another aggregator? Ta. So, if you have a few LGBT blogs in your aggregator and you believe they are political/activist type blogs, please leave links in the comments. (The spam protection for comments kicks in for 2 or more hyperlinks in comments so your post will go into the moderation queue.) The blogs don’t have to be Irish either. We also want blogs you read. We want you to be the quality control and won’t let in any blog you haven’t read.
Note to the FeFiFoe people: This is not an invite for commentary on Richard. There’s more than one blog outlet for that already. 🙂
Via World Changing comes details of NGO in a box. NGO in a box concept paper (PDF doc). This is a cd that contains windows based applications that can be used by lobby groups, advocacy groups and NGOs who campaign for various causes. I really like this concept of ready-made applications to aid activist groups. I’m really looking forward to their advocacy cd.
These projects are also linked to the Martus Project which is free software used for recording and storing information concerning the abuse of human rights.
Damien Blake just enabled comments on his blog so now we can address our local Letterkenny issues with Damien who’s the Mayor of Letterkenny. He’s 5 years younger than me so I’m now going to call him a kid! Go look at this kids blog and see can you get your local politician to follow Damien’s lead.