Journal: News & Comment

Friday, June 30, 2006
# 12:25:00 PM:

Live notes: John Edwards Gnomedex keynote

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We've dropped from a president to a former candidate for vice-president, but he is here at . He says, "I came here primarily to learn from you."

  • Using podcasting, vlogging, blogging: this is the way America is going.
  • He was convinced about net neutrality.
  • This stuff is important for the country and "in my own selfish way, to the political process."
  • The potential to change our democracy, to get people involved.
  • Less speaking at, more speaking with.
  • Where are we today, where we are going, how or should we manage how we go forward?
  • I want to come away knowing more than I did when I walked in the door.
  • Recommending "Wisdom of Crowds," where people make better decisions in groups.
  • Marc Canter: in the U.S., the Democrats need to get some balls.
  • Do you hear it in your own voice when you slip into politician robo-voice?
  • It's a long period of conditioning. You need to shed it to become normal again.
  • The next president, or certainly the one after, is likely to be the single candidate who doesn't sound like a politician.
  • I'm trying every way I can to be normal, but it is hard.
  • I'm trying to recondition myself that when I get asked a question to actually answer it.
  • We've been trained to do the wrong thing. I'm getting better at it, but it's not long.
  • How do you as a politician create vibrant local bases to build and govern and change communities?
  • What about people whose communities are virtual?
  • "I don't know the answer to that question."
  • Concerned that there is too much energy spent on strategy and not enough on doing things that matter.
  • And yet, framing the language is important.
  • But don't forget to focus on the problems that need solving.
  • The people who decide the election are in the middle. You don't appeal to the people who decide with moderation.
  • But language does affect substantive issues, from net neutrality to abortion.
  • What will be the technology that affects the next election? How can it change the political process itself, rather than just amplifying what traditional campaigns have always done?
  • The problem is two things: people don't have the information they ought to make informed decisions, and they're not engaged in the process.
  • There's a reason people are cynical and distrusting, because they have good reason to be.
  • Be able to follow presidential candidates around for the non-staged stuff.
  • PT: let's get a paper record from voting machines, and source code.


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