NPR aired the segment on today's All Thing Considered. Alexis Rice (project director for campaignsonline.org) was interviewed for the peice and they took soundbites from two of the panalist from last week's JHU Symposium we hosted on the Internet and Campaigning.
Sometime within the next 12 hours, we'll be redirecting all requests to blog.clark04.com to www.forclark.com, thus completing the first phase of our blog strategy. Since Septeber 27, this blog has received over 52,000 comments from thousands of individuals. We're working on some scripts which will import all 52,000 comments and 150+ blog entries into the Clark Community Network.
The Clark Community Network provides us with a much better community structure for conversation, organization and planning. Every registered user gets their own blog and every comment can be voted on by the community, which helps us filter the "bad" content from the good. Additionally, we're building in access to Community Section mailing lists.
Clark's now has his very own blog, that only he (not the campaign or volunteers) can post to.
But on a blog posting about this, the Clark campaign notes:
Knowing how hectic his schedule is, we still only expect it to be about once a week, though we always hope for more. He recognizes the benefits of online community and has worked with us closely to make sure his message comes across clear and strong.
The New York Times today has an editorial observation by Francis X. Clines
about the Dean campaign and their use of the Internet to rake in campaign donations and to create a grassroots network.
Clines asserts in the editorial that:
Whether Dr. Dean wins the presidency or not, his strategists' mastery of the Internet as a tool for organizing volunteers and amassing money already qualifies as the main innovation of the 2004 campaign. True believers think that it's as important as the moment Dwight Eisenhower decided to make friends with the infant TV industry.