Sharing a brief exchange on the role of technology in politics

INITIAL POST

Technology offers the promise of liberation from outdated processes and systems that have become the command and control mechanisms of the elite few.

As technology is transforming how businesses, nations, and alliances are run, it is inevitable that it will transform how we conduct our democracy. This is a time for experimentation and trying new and different things. The democratic process of evolution.

Channeling the wave of technology into a platform for promoting democracy; making it easier to vote, learn about and fund candidates, with a common set of principles and rules, is one way to insure it isn’t co-opted by a narrower interest.

This group is but one example of the experimentation going on, using someone else’s infrastructure (Facebook) as an early means of data gathering and observation.

Thus it serves a purpose as a natural microcosm of a larger shift that will coalesce into ‘something’. What that ‘something’ will be is up to each of us. But there is no denying it will ‘be’.

Momentum is a curious thing that springs from seemingly nowhere and conspires to create our common experience. Those who understand and embrace it can harness it.

RESPONSE

“Technology offers the promise of liberation from outdated processes and systems that have become the command and control mechanisms of the elite few.”

How’d that whole Arab Spring thing work out for ya?

How’d that Twittering Trump thing work out for ya?

Technology has proven itself to be a better tool for authoritarianism than for democracy.

FOLLOW-UP RESPONSE

“co-opted by a narrower interest”. This is the result of the fear that drives those who believe their views to be in the minority.

Rather than trusting in their democracy, they feel compelled to co-opt its processes to their own ends, failing to realize how such a thing strains the democracy itself.

It is a skepticism, not a faith, nor a belief in the power of democracy itself and the inherent goodness of the common person. It is the view of the behind the scenes operator, not the March leader.

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