TRENDS: Politics, Satire & Tactics

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WEB; Online Strategy & Tips

What’s Net Neutrality and why does it matter?

"Net Neutrality means no discrimination. Net Neutrality prevents Internet providers from speeding up or slowing down Web content based on its source, ownership or destination. Net Neutrality is the reason why the Internet has driven economic innovation, democratic participation, and free speech online. It protects the consumer's right to use any equipment, content, application or service on a non-discriminatory basis without interference from the network provider. With Net Neutrality, the network's only job is to move data — not choose which data to privilege with higher quality service..."


The SavetheInternet.com Coalition

More than a million everyday people have banded together with thousands of non-profit organizations, businesses and bloggers to protect Internet freedom. Check out the latest on the net neutrality issues in play.

Why is net neutrality threatened?

"Six bills pending - three in the Senate and three in the House that address Net Neutrality..." April 2006

Neo-Greens; a new market emerging

"A new approach to commerce, one that refuses to sacrifice style for sustainability. Call it the green aesthetic. Tearing a page from the playbook of centrist politicians like Bill Clinton and Tony Blair, the green aesthetes are charting a third way, triangulating between the hippies and the hip. They've detected the first stirrings of a new constituency in the marketplace: Prius-driving, solar panel-installing, Sierra Club-donating, look-at-me environmentalists..."

Blogs, podcasts & web media oh my!

"The '08 election season may be the tipping point for paid online political advertising from the left and right, but the McCain effort reveals differing approaches to Web media by Republicans and Democrats..."

Democrats vs Republicans: Who is winning online?

"Lessons learned from evaluating two political websites. Forget those bumper stickers and TV ads. The real midterm election battles are happening online. We evaluated the national websites for both the Republican and Democratic parties. Sites were evaluated in seven key categories spanning website design and marketing best practices. There are lessons to be learned from both sites, regardless of your own political preference..." November, 2006

Satan has better taste in shoes. Is far sexier. Can actually spell 'Venezuela.'

I mean, come *on* “It's a delightfully common appraisal, this Bush-is-the-Devil thing, one I hear frequently from my otherwise highly intelligent, liberal brethren. But is George W. Bush really Satan?" Mark Morford, SF Gate Columnist

Will The Next Election Be Hacked?

"Fresh disasters at the polls -- and new evidence from an industry insider -- prove that electronic voting machines can't be trusted..." Robert F. Kennedy JR.



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Objective science

informs good public policy. If you find yourself confused by what you read in the media; check out the Union of Concerned Scientists. These folks aim to keep science objective and the public informed on the issues that matter to people, families, communities and democracy.

From the farm to consumer

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RESEARCH

The Internet’s Role in Political Campaigns

A study that assesses the use of the Internet as a tool in the 2006 political campaign cycle. This study is a follow-up of the 2002 version, which examined how 2006 senatorial candidates used the Web to publicize information about their campaign platforms, personal backgrounds, and volunteer opportunities. The report looks at a number of Web campaign tools and makes comparisons based on a number of variables...