Saturday, December 20, 2003
Revenge of the nerds.
Frank Rich on the Web's sudden relevance to American presidential politics:
The condescending reaction to the Dean insurgency by television's political correspondents can be reminiscent of that hilarious party scene in the movie "Singin' in the Rain," where Hollywood's silent-era elite greets the advent of talkies with dismissive bafflement. "The Internet has yet to mature as a political tool," intoned Carl Cameron of Fox News last summer as he reported that the runner-up group to Dean supporters on the meetup.com site was witches. "If you want to be a Deaniac," ABC News's Claire Shipman said this fall, "you've got to know the lingo," as she dutifully gave her viewers an uninformed definition of "blogging."
But there's also this:
For all sorts of real-world reasons, stretching from Baghdad to Wall Street, Mr. Bush could squish Dr. Dean like a bug next November. But just as anything can happen in politics, anything can happen on the Internet. The music industry thought tough talk, hard-knuckle litigation and lobbying Congress could stop the forces unleashed by Shawn Fanning, the teenager behind Napster.
Wouldn't it be nice to find a candidate whose campaign had caught the same technological wave, but who could really go toe-to-toe with the President? Frank Rich, when you find out about Wesley Clark, you can say I recruited you.
("Napster runs for president in '04," Frank Rich, New York Times 12.21.03, reg req'd)
You can say that he's a dreamer:
"I am running for president of the United States to enable the goddess of peace to encircle within her arms all the children of this country and all the children of the world."
Friends, a simple rule: If a candidate sounds like an earthy-crunchy UUA General Assembly worship service, run away. Believing, as Dennis Kucinich says about himself, that he is "mainstream" doesn't make it so. Poor guy.
("The optimist," Marshall Sella, New York Times Magazine 12.21.03, reg req'd)
Copyright © 2003 by Philocrites | Posted 20 December 2003 at 10:29 PM