Why is the right afraid of the ‘net?

Jeff Jarvis, at BuzzMachine, wrote a good post today.

If you haven’t figured it out yet, I’m pretty conservative, politically. In fact, I’m more conservative than most of the main stream Republicans. I’m not going to bullet point list out my views on the issues, I just wanted to get that clear.

So, now, let me point out that my party seems to be running in fear of the internet. I read and follow many political and technology oriented blogs. Others too, but those are pertinent to this post.

I can’t tell you how much I’ve read and heard lately that demonstrated how each of the top liberal candidates for president are using the internet and its tools to communicate with supporters, potential voters, and the media. Yes, the Edwards camp had their fiasco with their bloggers early on, but at least they had bloggers on staff who were doing something! Does McCain have any staff bloggers? Guliani? Romney?

In fact, I think Ron Paul is the only one who knows that the internet isn’t just for porn addicts and 14 year old pimple faced nerds.

Ron Paul has a Facebook page. Ron Paul sat down, townhall style, at the Googleplex recently. Ron Paul is posting YouTube video on his presidential campaign page. I like Ron Paul.

I can’t say that I agree with each of Ron Paul’s opinions. However, he is taking a stand on some of the important ones. And to top it off, Ron Paul has created a mighty stir with the techo-leftists of Silicon Valley. And since, they’re the ones developing most of the internet, that may come back to be a blessing no one saw coming.

So, GOP, “Why are you afraid of the internet?”


Author: TREVOR

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5 thoughts on “Why is the right afraid of the ‘net?”

  1. The alternative to “too few” is “the many.” And we have an example of one group that is immensely powerful and supposedly immensely wise playing politics in a way that makes all other special interests pale by comparison.

    I respect my elders greatly, but think about how much the AARP can say that anyone younger would just be blasted for, and how much news/media is geared towards them.

    Again, this isn’t conspiracy theory. In some ways they add needed balance – who would stick up for old people otherwise?

    But if you want “the many” involved, they need to be involved on the terms of enlightenment, not mere activism.

    The Founders were sufficiently skeptical of the former to the degree that the Electoral College was set up. In the Electoral College as originally conceived, not one popular vote was directly cast for the President. Heck, not one popular vote was cast for the Senate. The only things we elected as individuals were House members, local and state officials.

    I’m not arguing that what we have right now is a bad thing.

    My own thought is that the real potential of the Internet is in getting us to play politics entirely differently, as opposed to making a difference right now. One thing I’d like more Americans to read.

    Adding you to the blogroll, thanks for putting up with my whining.


  2. @ashok, Your comments are by far some of the most balanced and healthy I’ve heard from the internet.

    I agree with you on the special interest statements. There are too few people wielding their power over our elected officials. That’s why I like local politics.

    The city councilmember’s kid plays soccer with your kid. We get to see them scream at the referee, just like us. Etc, etc.

    I wish I had the time to respond in more detail right now. Maybe later this week.

    Thanks for stopping by and don’t be a stranger.


  3. Just wandered on in through Buzzmachine, thought I’d say hi.

    I argued something conspiracy-theoryish sounding at Buzzmachine, that politics is driven by special interests and the problem with the Internet is that we’re media junkies. Inasmuch as people are represented on the internet as a whole, we tend to be more ideological in a way divorced from more immediate interests. Hence, Fred Thompson and Ron Paul get taken seriously by the right here, Obama and Edwards by the left.

    Do any of these candidates have a chance? Polling on the Internet is very different from MSM polls.

    I should have been clear that “special interests” aren’t a bad thing. The reason why unions and pro-lifers and corporations and everyone else with a focused interest play politics well with lobbyists and ads tailored to getting votes on specific issues is that for all their closed mindedness, they’ve decided what they think is good, and are focused.

    Are we that focused? Should we be that focused? If we’re not that focused and pretend like we are, is that a good thing?

    I would rather the Internet be a place where we can discuss and form opinions carefully. Unfortunately, the more that happens, the less political it is, and the more abstract and academic it is. Politics is about action; the Internet is right now significant because the fringes tend to be active, or perceived as potentially active.

    Anyway, sorry for all that. But I’m scared of the Internet too.


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