More rumblings of a novel, still somewhat inchoate but perhaps historic political constellation that may be moving from fancy to reality- constitutionalist conservatives and liberals against creeping nanny and police statism.
Phil [11:23 AM]
Insightful somewhat somber re-assessment of the Dean near-revolution against old media (TV broadcast) politics-and the (inevitable?) counter-revolution, at Barlow Friendz.
Overall, I think the issue on the Dean campaign has been framed too much as an either/or. Either the campaign is a total success, permanently transfigures politics as usual or it’s an utter failure dooming the internet/distributed intelligence style as a flash in the pan hype.
My guess is history will show the campaign had two basic flaws. First, for all its innovativeness, it wasn’t truly media-literate, meaning knowing how to effectively craft its message in multiple media Second it never really adequately visualized a 2nd act for itself beyond brilliantly creating buzz around its insurgency meme.
What it has done, and this is something that still may alter the political landscape is make participatory peer to peer organized grass-roots networks/movements a force in electoral politics.
There’s testimony Democratic insider-centrists are taking this to heart- Robert Reich, for example.
Of course how/ whether horizontal networks (essentially organisms) can or should effectively co-exist with a disciplined coherent campaign (for which the machine metaphor still is more apt) remains an open question. One Julian Sanchez nicely delineates-
Phil [8:59 AM]