Tipping points

In a surprise diary by Armando at Daily Kos this weekend, regular readers were treated to as good an analysis of the Tipping Point phenomonen as I've seen in recent politics. Armando follows the story of a CT activist named "Swami" who jumped on Joe Lieberman's fatal kiss with the Preznit and turned it into a movement.

When we look back on Robin Hayes' spectacular loss to Larry Kissell, there will be many candidates for the 'tipping point' that did the job. One of them will be the tireless work of the Southern Dem. Another will be Larry's brilliant $1.22 campaign event.

What will the tipping point be for Chuck Taylor? Will it be self inflicted wounds like voting to crush kittens or his CAFTA lies? Or will it be the force of citizen activism like Taylorsucks.org? Or will it be the relentless drumbeat of Screwy Hoolie and his website empire? Or the sustained educational commitment of Appalachian voices?

I don't know what it will take to finally tilt the voters in NC-11 over to the side of sanity and integrity, but I do know this. We cannot ignore the power and influence of the mainstream media. Because no matter how much we talk to ourselves, we won't reach that critical tipping point until we spill outside the blogosphere to influence the reporters and editors at newspapers and broadcasters throughout the state. So keep those cards and letters flowing, folks. There's no time to waste.

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This is exactly right

Talking to ourselves is fun, but we won't win friends and influence voters unless we take action outside of BlueNC.

(Thank you, btw...)

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Star, NC

It looks to me like Star, NC is the closest town I can get to in NC-08. I guess that is as good a place as any to knock on doors when early voting starts.

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Blogger Hegemony

I appreciate blogs but resent how easily they can be manipulated - too often for many participants before they realize it they are under the power of an artful group or individual who then uses them to maintain and enhance their online power -- the capacity of the dominant blogger class to persuade subordinate ones to accept, adopt and internalize their values is demonstrated daily here (On blogs like the Daily Kos it reaches epic proportions.) The online result is a kind of virtual political power that flows from intellectual and moral leadership on the blogosphere that results in the empowerment of certain cultural beliefs, values, and practices to the submersion and partial exclusion of others.

Only one big problem – this “Virtual” political power only exists in the blogoshphere. As soon as I “Log off” and return to the “Real” world the “Real” hegemony takes control and the “Virtual” hegemony vaporizes under our unforgiving “Reality.”

The “Power” gained here in the blogosphere has a half life of nanoseconds in the real world as all the supporting structures from the blogosphere are not present to keep the power intact. The off line world knows zip about how much power you have and how wonderful you are in the online world.

If you can’t adopt and put into place the off line tools to institute and replicate your online hegemony you have nothing. Online power simply will not live outside the blogosphere.

How many folks would now rather “Blog” then go volunteer or canvass – I bet you it is way way more then you think—I know several activists who have “Retired” from field work to blog as they view it as a more effective way to reach the masses – they could not be more mistaken.

You can’t win a campaign online… Get out and do something “Real”

I wish the followers would lead... With a voice so strong in would knock me to my knees...

I don't know about the hegemony

factor, though I see some worrisome trends in that direction on the Big Blogs. But you are right as rain about driving action toward traditional infrastructure.

The straightest path I see is in working to shape media coverage and editorial opinion. That's a hard row to hoe, but I see some evidence of impacts every now and then. At least they know we're watching ... but whether they give a damn or not is another question altogether.

Final thought: we're in the early adopter stages of the Internets as a resource for political action. Look ahead ten or twenty years and what do you see? I see online conversations playing a serious role in mainstream discourse ... especially in the wake of media convergence where the line between online and television and computing and commerce gets blurrier and blurrier.