Daily Kos: Taking On the System

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Markos Moulitsas Zuniga created one of the most visited and influential political blogs in the U.S., the Daily Kos, in 2002 during the leadup to the war in Iraq. He’s here to share tips on how to become an active and empowered citizen in the digital age. His new book is Taking On the System.

Weigh in: Do you think the digital age has allowed you to become more active and engaged citizen?

Markos Moulitsas Zuniga will speaking & signing books
Thurs. September 4, 2008 7:00-9:00 PM
Barnes and Noble Booksellers, Court Street
106 Court Street in Brooklyn

Markos Moulitsas Zuniga will be at the Drinking Liberally party
Thurs. September 4, 2008 9:30-11:00 pm
The Tank @ DCTV
87 Lafayette (b/w Walker & White)


Markos Moulitsas Zuniga

Comments [14]

J Philip from Westchester

I am more than slightly dismayed that Mr. 'Kos gets to state that his website had anything to do with any expose of Sarah Palin's daughter's pregnancy. It didn't. I wish Mr. Lopate had called him on this.

An anonymous diarist on the site claimed that Mrs. Palin's pregnancy was faked and that her baby was actually Bristol's. This was an ad hominem smear, nothing more, and the Daily Kos implicitly encourages this hate mongering. No retraction was printed; no hateful comments are ever moderated, and no opinion that does not goose step with ultra liberal ideology can be posted without spiteful retribution.

Kos is the poster child for why civil debate is now an oxymoron in this country.

Sep. 03 2008 09:44 PM
ctd3 from Maine

No Doubt Marcos is a brilliant man, yet the Palin piece is a very big discredit to the Daily Kos since it was just plain a poorly researched hack job, the author a mystery wacko clone set on smearing link bait incendiary BS into the conversation which did more damage than any intended good. More and more sites like the Daily Kos are populated with wanna be writers, poor researcher, who are set on being published not REALLY contributing REAL substance. We need a Smoking Gun expose on how the Palin piece ended up in the mainstream yet was a farcical vendetta aapparently , which btw along with all the many comments is NO LONGER ON the Daily Kos site.

Sep. 03 2008 06:22 PM

To: #10 cj from brooklyn... I guess I beat you to the punch. ;-D

But you added a little more.

Sep. 03 2008 01:01 PM
sanda from nyc

I am listening to the interview with Marcos. Yes, to the question: it gives me access to more information and complements my other activism. Altho older, I'm online only about six months and read the dailykos several times a day. has my work (artist website run by artists)

Sep. 03 2008 01:01 PM

I guess Mr. Moulitas does not go to an MD. when he is sick. I will assume he will make his own medicine to cure himself.

I'll assume that he does not use someone with an accounting degree or a finance degree to manage his books. And, that he files his own business taxes.

I will also assume he will represent himself if he gets in trouble with law (eventhough he has a JD).

There is a problem here that concerns me. It seems that no one feels that expertise is important anymore. This leads to people who develop a superficial knowledge on topics.

Sep. 03 2008 12:58 PM
Steve (the other one) from Manhattan

Tell the Great Orange Satan we love him here in NYC.

Sep. 03 2008 12:57 PM

Mr. Moulitas you brag about the Palin story by implying that She pretended to be pregnant and that the downs syndrome baby was her daughters. An outright lie. And, who was this "reporter"? Why don't we know who she is?

Sep. 03 2008 12:55 PM
Tom from Soho

Well, well. I listened while the Dems were having their convention to get some insight into where they wanted to take the country. Here we have the Repub convention and an interview with a left wing blogger. Please be more balanced and informative. Your bias is showing.

Sep. 03 2008 12:54 PM
Chris from Manhattan

With regard to record labels, online distribution, etc.

You're onto the key reason Time Warner, Verizon, Sony, etc., are so dead set _against _ net neutrality.

Once net neutrality is killed by Congress, the end run We the People can do around institutions is shut down.

Sep. 03 2008 12:52 PM
Chris from Manhattan

What's an amateur?

Amity Shlaes from the previous hour has nothing more than an undergraduate degree (granted from a prestigious diploma mill as opposed to an unknown one).

Thomas Friedman, et al have very real biases too. (So too, Judith Miller, Michael Gordon, John Burns, Wolf Blitzer ... take your pick). So let's drop the pretense.

If bloggers and amateurs were so poor, we wouldn't be breaking stuff that the Bill Keller and others are too timid, too slavish or just too stupid to go with.

Sep. 03 2008 12:47 PM
mark Brown from AND

Hey Marcos.
what do you think about the idea of mandatory conscription of HS Graduates (or 17 year olds)

look here for a sample

Essentially I think that everyone needs do service, and that non-military is also valid.

Sep. 03 2008 12:45 PM
Jim Pharo from NYC

Markos is in fact something of a genius. He is identified with a technological movement, but the truth is he has a clear, true voice and real insight into politics and government.

Technology may have given Markos a platform, but his impact on shaping the debate is far more profound and lasting. (The technology would have happened with or without him.)

Sep. 03 2008 12:44 PM
phillip anderson from brooklyn

just finished markos' book last night. it's well worth your time.

i'll be posting a review shortly over at our joint:

oh, and welcome to the big apple, markos.

Sep. 03 2008 12:39 PM
Zak from Brooklyn, NY

Hey Markos, just wanted to send a little DeKalb pride your way. I know you're an NIU alum and I'm a former townie! Love the site, look forward to the book, and generally appreciate your efforts to fight the good fight.

Sep. 03 2008 12:35 PM

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