Negotiating Debt Ceiling Through Social Media

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Micah Sifry, co-founder of Personal Democracy Forum and techPresident, talks about the Obama administration's efforts to reach out to voters around the debt ceiling issue—and whether those efforts worked.


Micah Sifry

Comments [4]

gary from queens

@Mike from NYC

be careful. that's how it starts.

then one day you will wake up an realize you're a conservative!

Admitting it to yourself is the first step.

Aug. 02 2011 11:45 AM

It has the effect of flooding the twitter account of the lawmaker who receives the twitter messages.

Aug. 02 2011 11:25 AM
Mike from NYC

This is the first and probably only time I will agree with "Gary from Queens."

Aug. 02 2011 11:05 AM
gary from queens

A simple thought experiment to prove the social media (texting etc) is not an appropriate medium for presidential debate or forums:

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF A POLITICAL DEBATE OR PUBLIC FORUM?! For candidates to discuss issues between themselves, and to broadcast THE AUDIO AND VIDEO to as many people as possible. In real time, and showing their reactions.

There is no advantage to the viewer to read text that's entered by the candidate! They can read text anytime, just by going to their campaign websites.

IMAGINE, Candidates for president of the US assemble for a debate in 1858 in Wash DC. There is a telegraph machine in which someone is transcribing the debate and transmitting it to newspapers in NY.

Now imagine someone walking into the room with a video camera and claiming that he can point the camera at the candidates, and the audio and visual images can be sent all over the nation. NOT JUST THE TEXT! What would the people choose?

People of that era would instantly choose the video camera and the technology OVER the primitive telegraph machine. WHY?!


Aug. 02 2011 10:53 AM

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