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November 15, 2005

The “little guy” gets a voice (Chapter 5)

In Chapter 5, Gillmor demonstrates how web blogs lend themselves to practical solutions, bottom-up ones, for complex problems. Bureaucratic entities such as the Homeland Security Information Network would be wise to allow citizen feedback. While existing ones such as the Pentagon’s suggestion box would be wise to expand their’s.

On an individual level, the author outlines how anyone can be an advocate. If it’s for a specific political candidate, create a web blog on a campaign issue. Then create links to the candidate’s positions or perhaps his or her voting record, as well as relevant articles. Include background commentary and allow comments. An internet version of the town-hall meeting will ensue.

Posted by NancyGregg at November 15, 2005 2:53 PM