There’s Two Days I’ll Never Get Back
I spent Thursday and Friday at George Washington University’s 2005 Politics Online Conference.
I could write up my reaction to it, but why bother when Rex Hammock has already ably covered all the bases for me?
It never ceases to amaze me how slow the thinking is in this sector. People are more interested in having meaningless “debates” about confected questions like whether blogs are going to destroy “old media” than they are in looking hard at real issues.
Example: I took a ton of flak last year for saying that e-mail was broken as a tool for constituency communications. And yet, at one panel I attended, a panelist noted that it had been impossible for many organizations to do any e-mail communication with their membership on the recent prescription drug bill because the ubiquitous SpamAssassin throws any e-mail with “prescription drugs” in it into the bit bucket. And everyone in the room hearing this nods their heads and starts talking about “how do we get around SpamAssassin?” rather than the more obvious question of “why the hell are we so dependent on a medium where our messages get drowned out by those of criminal bottom-feeders?“
That’s not to say it was a total wash; I did pick up a few good ideas, and it was nice to see the usual suspects and meet a few new people as well. But oof, if this is the state of the art in thinking about political technology, all I can say is that 2001 called, it wants its ideas back…