I would like to create an internet revolution with Governor Mitt Romney's campaign for the presidency in 2008. I'm sure a lot of you would too. Some people think that Howard Dean had an affective online campaign for president. The fact that he was able to send millions of spam messages every day does not impress me. These people could have just went to his website and read his ideas. Thousands of Idiots are able to send out millions of Viagra advertisements every day, and we don't try and make presidents out of them. Substance is more important than just using a new technology.
I was one of the creators of an early Mitt Romney blog. I wanted to preserve Governor Mitt Romney's Press Releases, and enter them into cyberspace in such a manner that people could respond and interact with his words. Over the past 6 months I've received about 3 or so comments. I don't know about you, but I am not impressed with our ability to all recycle the same old news stories. Even if we found professional writers, historians, philosophers, and politicians to contribute to the Mitt Romney bloging community, I still do not think our efforts could be considered an online political revolution. Aleister Crowley said, "To read a newspaper is to refrain from reading something worthwhile. The first discipline of education must therefore be to refuse resolutely to feed the mind with canned chatter". I'm not saying that what we are righting on our blogs is canned chatter, I'm just saying that the format of the blog does not lend itself well to improvement or organization. It would be impossible for someone to read every single Mitt Romney blog post on the internet, besides there would be lots of repetition between all the Romney blogs.
Maybe all of the links, and blogs are improving the Romney internet footprint but it feels cheap to me. It feels like an advertising campaign to me, to try and improve a Google ranking. Advertising is the same as lying. If we are going to win, I want to win on substance, not because we beat the system. Besides it is too much work. It is easy work, to put a link, and say a few words, but like eating sugar, it is not very satisfying. What we need is heavy intellectual lifters that can be word smiths, that can revise, and revise until something sounds just right. We need people who are willing to stick with an issue until all aspects of it are covered, not people who jump from article to article.
The wikipedia website fulfills all the promises of the internet. It allows people to come together to a common table and truly collaborate. It provides a way to continually revise, edit, improve, and discuss a topic.
A blog post is fluff. It is created like a back-alley life that is discarded to the giant pile of blog-o-sphere post like an Abortion, to never be thought of again. A wikipedia article is created, and lovingly cared for, like a first born son. It is tweaked, and tweaked by multiple people until it sounds just right. It allows for order, because each issue gets its own spot. Millions of people can work on it, and all be heard. Each person is allowed to contribute.
When the internet came out, and before the bubble burst, there were all sorts of people hyping the new technology. It would bring people together, and solve conflict. However, different sides created their own website, and the day of the amateur-non-fact-checker has proven that opinions are like elbows, everyone has them.
People post their beliefs, without even trying to give valid reasons to agree with their conclusion. Everyone wants the right to be heard, but no one wants to accept responsibility of being logical.
People said the internet would change things, but the substance of thought on the internet was of a lower quality than the substance contained within actual books.
Sure you could respond to a "post" with another "post" but you could never get into the original post and fix it. And as the conversation goes, the confusion builds. Quality is killed, as we drown in the quantity of words. A decision is made when you are tired of thinking. The internal workings of each post is never re-worked, others just dance around it.
Then came wikipedia, and the world lived happily ever after.
Please help me edit my site: http://myclob.pbwiki.com/ If hundred or thousand of people were to work on this site, we would create an internet revolution. Right now the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mitt_Romney article rivals the best magazine article about Mitt Romney. Lets make this site: http://myclob.pbwiki.com/ set the standard for all future Mitt Romney books. Lets start a revolution.