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I remember when I first came by here, it was off a link from Buzzflash!, which is still in my daily news rotation. Back then; I made the daily rounds of everything from Little Green Footballs to Crooks and Liars and the always the amusing Drudgereport. See, I plan to be a historical writer when I get long in the tooth, and I was looking for something, I just did not know what it was yet. I could see a subset of the Internet evolving into something, put since it did not exist yet, I could not put my finger on it. Then I came across DailyKos.

Arriving just before the post-Katrina user explosion, I gladly signed up and was assigned user 60118, and I recently heard DKos was about to break 100,000, which probably has happened during the epic CT-Senate week. It is said week that I was waiting for, because I have a good eye for picking horses, and I knew this is where Dkos was headed. Remember this day, this week my friends, because you, as community, have finally got your foot in the gate. Always knew you would. You, as a community, have combined all the right parts to make something special.

And it is a you, a we, not a he, which is why I am fascinated by this site. The mere fact that Kos has not cashed in on what he has created speaks volumes of the man. It is his sense that this is a community that sets it apart from other sites, blogs and online media outlets, which tend to breakdown into tryouts to become the next great pundit. It is his hands off approach that has let it achieved something I believe will be of historical significance. This is the first fully functional wiki/pagerank network-based community, which just happens to be geared toward politics.

The concept of a wiki here is not that we edit, delete or modify each other's works, but actually each other's concepts and ideas. And by the use of recommends and troll ratings, a PageRank for the importance of the information has been allowed to evolve and filter up or down data and issues according to central meme of the community. Combine these two things together, and you have one of the first truly functional public works of Information Age.

Since the Information Age has brought about instantaneous and disconnected communication to the fingertips of the American people, we now find ourselves at a real tipping point. Twenty years ago, we would not be here. Arguments can be made that even 5 years ago this would not have been possible. Roadblocks to the rational truth that use to stand for years under the antique model of network television and newspapers are now broken-down in the matter of hours, as HackerGate stunningly showed yesterday.

The average person now has countless sources at their disposals, and countless others in constant communication working with them to bring once hidden hands with hidden plans into the glaring light of justice and accountability. The search engine, though still just a baby, will be held in the same regard we hold the development of the printing press today. It basically unclogged a huge bottleneck in the flow of information and ideas, allowing them to spread all over the world at the instant they are requested.

Vast distances of both time and geography have also been solved, allowing DKos to become a town hall of the masses for the masses, where everyone has a voice, even if it is drowned out in dissent. And considering we are just in the dawn of the Information Age, there is no telling where the wiki/pagerank network-based communities will take us as technology advances. I, for one, am extremely excited.

As the Information Age seeps through the strata of societies and civilizations, other wiki/pagerank network-based communities will arise, and empower that group by the fashioning their memes through repeated discussions and counter-discussions. Hammering away, through troll ratings, recommended diaries, pie fights and keen eyes for stories slipping down the memory hole, DKos will continue to act a filter for the massive amount of information available to the average person, each voice.dairy helping to mold the overall shape of the Dkos community.  

I knew this was coming, I am glad it is here. But remember, I believe DKos is like a data shark, it most keep moving forward or it will die. Your foot is in the gate, now throw the locks and flood the halls and knock down the ivory towers, as a community. Always as community, which uses the gifts of the information age to pull the best and brightest of America together for the common goal of bringing democracy back to the people, for the people, by the people.

This is what makes the mainstream media and gatekeepers so anxious, even though they do not know why yet. Because with a wiki/pagerank network-based community, we gather and assimilate information together, deciding what the real issues and constructs are, how we should move forward with our collective idea, and they will never again be allowed to spoon feed us the party line. Because now the people can act as a we.

Guard against schadenfreude, and especially again laurel resting. And never, ever, forever-ever become a one-issue pony. That would break the model, which broke the mold.

I, and other historical writers, are watching and waiting.

Cross-published in my book, Life in the Americas at the Turn of the Millennium, set to be published in 2040.

Originally posted to pinche tejano on Wed Aug 09, 2006 at 12:01 PM PDT.


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  •  I know historians are suppose to be objective (6+ / 0-)

    but I couldn't help getting involved.

    Sorry about all the muddy boots in your diaries.

    BTW, the one trick the pony is doing right now is Lamont, there are 49 more states to capture...

    Move, data shark, move! Get all the mother fucking snakes off this god damn plane.

    Brazoria, where Texas began, still awaits to play its hand.

    by pinche tejano on Wed Aug 09, 2006 at 11:54:42 AM PDT

  •  yes, indeed (1+ / 0-)
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    pinche tejano

    "Because now the people can act as a we."

    I remember one of the most striking experiences of delving into early Daily Kos was -- over and over again -- finding posts that offered up arguments and information that were EXACTLY what I had just been thinking myself.

    I'm used to it now, but I haven't forgotten what an awesome new experience that was, and I know new people have that same experience here every day.

    thanks for your diary, and maybe just maybe, I'll still be around in 2040 to buy your book and fondly reminisce.

    here's an apropos link from Jeff Cohen, "Lamont's Victory -- A Media Defeat"

  •  here's how this has effected me (3+ / 0-)
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    cookiesandmilk, saluda, pinche tejano

    I live in a deep red state with Republican representation. Suddenly, I'm able to find and support people I agree with all over the country. I consider each of them to be my representative.I don't have to wait for a viable local candidate, although we do need to grow them.
    Geographic distribution of representation no longer rules the day. My representative may be in Illinois or Connecticut. I can't vote for them, but can support them and donate to their campaigns.

    The only thing we have to fear is fear itself. Roosevelt Neo-cons

    by 35fan on Wed Aug 09, 2006 at 12:15:37 PM PDT

    •  I agree (1+ / 0-)
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      pinche tejano

      I'm a big supporter of people out of my state, but in my ballpark ideologically. One of the reasons I'm such a big fan of the 50 State Strategy is that I believe there is a large, underserved population of people who want to be and vote Democratic, but don't have a network of support in their lives to do so.

      dkos is that network.

      We enable that majority who agree with our values and ideas, and we can do anything. We're the REAL moral majority.

  •  most people who spend time here (4+ / 0-)

    have quite a different orientation toward time.  This site, and most of its habitues, are concerned with "right now".  Yesterday, maybe a little.  Tomorrow, for sure.  That's why we have a recent diary list, that's why diaries are only open for recommendation for a single day, and that's why people, though they complain about using the word "BREAKING!" in a diary title, expect the content to be up to the minute.

    So it's quite  refreshing to have someone with a time constant measured in decades, not hours, drop by.

    Don't worry about Lamont, these ponies come and go.  And there is a constant flow of general interest articles on science, technology, and history that is quite amazing, though only obliquely related to politics.

    My interest in the future development of this thing that you find at Daily Kos concerns the growth model.  Is there a right size for online communties?  Can they continue to grow beyond a certain size, or are there inherent limits to community size, even on the internet?

    •  Adaptibility to new forms of media (2+ / 0-)
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      highacidity, kitten sedaris

      I think that is the primary constraint, can the average  person adapt to the model?

      We are already seeing certain parts of the bell curve of the population set left behind in emails and even cell phone usage.

      But the future is fun thing, you never know what is around the corner, and what new devices will help the larger parts of the bell curve join in.

      As long as there is wiki/pagerank function, the size of DKos is really depend on interest of the users and how much Kod wants to throw down on servers.

      I think once the holographic technology, which has made huge strides over the last year, creates a visual to go with the text, this model will undergo a huge transformation.

      It's a wait and see situation, but the spectulation is fun.

      That is my one knock against DKos though, the people who are trapped in "now." This leads to perception of ideas and issues, while holding a perspective that includes the annuals of history with thoughts of the future usually leads to much more desired results.

      People dancing on Lieberman's ashes today being a keen example, that and the diary floods of similar topics when they see one such diary has made it to recommended.

      Personally, I doubt nor care if I ever get recommended, but I am concerned I have never been troll rated. Makes me feel like I am not pushing hard enough.

      Brazoria, where Texas began, still awaits to play its hand.

      by pinche tejano on Wed Aug 09, 2006 at 12:50:55 PM PDT

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      •  I could troll rate you now (0+ / 0-)

        but I guess that would take some of the fun outta it, huh?

      •  this is a text medium (2+ / 0-)
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        Eddie Haskell, pinche tejano

        if it goes visual it will be something else entirely.  says me.

        The site is presently tuned to the now; fiddling with that tuning could be tricky.

        I'm in agreement with you in part.  The readership can grow without limit, given sufficient resources.  But participation, ie posting diaries, commenting on them, recommending the diaries and rating the comments, is another thing.  I think interest in all of those activities has a community size limit.  If the community is too big, it has tendencies to fragment into subgroups (which you warn against), or else develops negatives (diaries go by too fast, I don't know anybody) that tend to limit further growth.

  •  WELL (0+ / 0-)

    Don't forget the direct line from the Whole Earth 'Lectronic Link (WELL).

    Solar is civil defense. Video of my small scale solar experiments at

    by gmoke on Wed Aug 09, 2006 at 01:12:26 PM PDT

    •  Oh, I remember the WELL (0+ / 0-)

      but I think this is 2 generations past that, but you are right, don't forget where you came from.

      Brazoria, where Texas began, still awaits to play its hand.

      by pinche tejano on Wed Aug 09, 2006 at 01:23:35 PM PDT

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