- Limited participation: "An effective netroots strategy in 2006 will also have to master the shortcomings of the Dean's campaign, which stalled mainly becaause it failed to grow his support beyond his online constituency -- antiwar, white, and high-income voters.
- A hierarchy of blogs: "The 'elite blogs"' serve as a filtering mechanism, deciding which information offered up by smaller blogs is useful or noteworthy. In, effect A-list blogs get to decide what issues deserve the attention of journalists and politicians, i.e. the establishment.
- The internet slant toward "urban professionals": "'For me, the greatest problem is low-income people,' (Pew scholar Michael) Cornfield says. The irony is that it's not because they don't have the money to get a laptop -- especially with the $100 laptop now. It's that people who are poor don't have the civic skill stets and motivation to go online and do these sorts of things. That will take a concerted effort.'"
I suppose a moment of self-clarification would be useful to my readers here. I don't really think the Web is a good place to organize an ecosocialist revolution or anything like that. But I do want to nurture a small group of people who have an inkling that some sort of radical ecological and social change will necessary to preserve civilization against the destructiveness of the capitalist system. I envision this blog as part of a "ground floor" effort. The tasks at hand are:
- 1) proving that small changes to the existing system will not in themselves make the system sustainable,
- 2) organizing the professional stratum whose job it is to pursue "sustainabiltity" around the necessity of radical social change,
- 3) documenting the disaster purveyed by the existing system upon the world,
- 4) helping educators to empower students to a radical understanding of the existing system and its relation to the environment,
- 5) spreading the word about means of "hacking" the existing system for socially-beneficial goals.
In short, this blog conceives of itself as a seed effort, a beginning to a much larger ecosocialist movement.
Oh yeah: and the article suggested a link, which you ought to investigate: