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March 09, 2005

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Sisyphus

Rony: "Democracy meant that a citizen spoke with a vote, but an elected official actually spoke for the wide masses."

Actually, I think that's more accurately called a republic. The distinction between a democracy and a republic is worth making, is it not?

I also think your long tail analogy between blogging "power" and citizen "political power" may work better in the context of how a republic works than a democracy - and how a meritocracy can exist within each.

Steve Jacked-Son

Blogging is yesterday's news. All the kids on my block are into telepathy implants. Get with the program grandpa.

Jon Garfunkel

"If we could get blogging up and running in North Korea, and wire them to the web, it may be a quick hop and a skip to chase their Dr. Evil psycho dictator out of power."

So naive for a man who attends int'l conferences...

Read about blogging in Iran and China. It's not exactly a quick hop to democracy there, but it helps.

If the Nightline report was weak (I watched the first segment, and also was amused at their fascination with hyperlinks), it reflects the poor confusing messages they get from their Berkman sources...

rony

The distinction between a democracy and a republic is worth making. I was using the word democracy to cover both. A smart blogger caught this mistake.

My thought is that we are possibly on the road for a very flat, distributed democracy.

-R

Sisyphus

Rony,

"My thought is that we are possibly on the road for a very flat, distributed democracy."

YODA: Difficult to see, always in motion are the future...

I think we're headed for a very flat and distributed exchange of information. That may lead to a sense of a flat and distributed citizenry.

I'm skeptical that more information on a push/pull leads to a more informed citizenry, although only human nature prevents it.

I'm convinced that there is a step from informed to knowledgeable, and from knowledgeable to representative.

Flat, distributed democracy? I hope not.

The Federalist Papers No. 48: "In a government where numerous and extensive prerogatives are placed in the hands of an hereditary monarch, the executive department is very justly regarded as the source of danger, and watched with all the jealousy which a zeal for liberty ought to inspire. In a democracy, where a multitude of people exercise in person the legislative functions, and are continually exposed, by their incapacity for regular deliberation and concerted measures, to the ambitious intrigues of their executive magistrates, tyranny may well be apprehended, on some favorable emergency, to start up in the same quarter. But in a representative republic, where the executive magistracy is carefully limited; both in the extent and the duration of its power; and where the legislative power is exercised by an assembly, which is inspired, by a supposed influence over the people, with an intrepid confidence in its own strength; which is sufficiently numerous to feel all the passions which actuate a multitude, yet not so numerous as to be incapable of pursuing the objects of its passions, by means which reason prescribes; it is against the enterprising ambition of this department that the people ought to indulge all their jealousy and exhaust all their precautions."

 f_aztlan

Who are you to imply that the Huns were not meek!

Tom Proebsting

Excellent subject matter and well written. I've been blogging on my political site for over a year and I believe bloggers have a future in the news reporting/commentary world. Move over, ABC and CNN!

Check out my site at http:truthprobe.blogspot.com and give me your opinion if you have the time. I could use constructive criticism.

Thanks

Tom Proebsting

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