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  •  Real-time Example..... (none)

    ....The Sinclair Broadcating Group is planning to run an anti-Kerry smear movie days before the election , Many of its TV stations are in swing states such as Ohio. I live in New Mexico, but grew up in the Dayton OH area.

        Through links on Buzzflash and others, plus Googling,  I emailed links to activist friends in Dayton on the two Sinclair stations in the Dayton market, urging them to watch the 5-6 o'clock time slot for local advertisers, contact the advertisers as well as the stations as to the negative effect the airing of the smear movie could have on them. I'm sure people in Ohio have alrready done similar things but the blogosphere allows rapidity and reinforcement that otherwise would not happen.

    •  Instantaneity (none)
      The word came to mind and demanded release.  Who am I to say no?

      I think the wingers -- most I encountered online during the 90s were wingers/"Libertarians" -- are going to be shown, as the phenomenon of online political activism matures, to be an impossible-to-find minority.

      I mean, they've always existed, though one rarely met such.  But until online technology, they weren't able to network.  Now, though, they are rapidly being overcome by the proper majority.  They may maintain their networks to each other, but by sheer population they are going to be shown as that they've always been: extemist fringe, marginalized by themselves.

      Most people, when they discover a person is a constant liar, will drop them like a hot Quayle; and the word gets around.

      A lie is halfway around the world before the truth can get its shoes on -- Mark Twain

      by jnagarya2 on Tue Oct 12, 2004 at 10:59:47 AM PDT

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    •  That's the power of spherical networks (none)
      Broadcasting is the power of many. It is a pyramid at its base are many. Consider that a failed television show on the networks has millions, plural, of viewers. More than this blog gets a week.

      It is the ability of information to flow through very narrow channels that is what is transformative. In fact, the internet is about the active few taking on the powerful very few who are backed by the less active many.

      The power of many is what happened to Howard Dean. Overnight, everyone seemed to have a negative opinion of him, because the pyramid of the media was dropped on top of him.

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