PPI, the new hi-res thinking on micro-partisan political environments

Politicians, lobbyists, activist, idealogues, and information technologists are scratching their heads around the Capitol.
How to handle the tectonic collision. between avalanches of crowd-sourced/flash mob and instantaneously responsive constituencies and our framework of law, migrating from a material platform to a cyber environment?

@Woodrow Wilson Center “Is K Street Dead?” roundtable

Russ Imrie Feb 15, 2012
a prelim draft, more detail to come…

Politicians, lobbyists, activist, idealogues, and information technologists are scratching their heads around the Capitol.
How to handle the tectonic collision. between avalanches of crowd-sourced/flash mob and instantaneously responsive constituencies and our framework of law, migrating from a material platform to a cyber environment?

And then we find the micro-partisan faction. Cited was one sherriff election. A tea-partying. pistol-packing candidate began getting online donations from all across the nation. Who cares? Well his opponent sure did. And politicians at every level are watching, too.

How to handle campaigning in this amped-up, updated system brings possibilities for a more nuanced and responsive democracy, if law makers can adapt to it—a huge “if”. It’s a huge global shift for our nation and not a few hidebound pols. BTW, aren’t there really quite a few surprise Congressional retirements?

What new standards will define constituencies? In the next podunk sherriff election will it be refined to what side, left or right, the pistol is strapped? How fine a resolution do we accept as valid and lawful! Are there plans and options defined do we can move forward.

Huge questions and the wrought SOPA debate have lifted the consideration of net citizenship and made it issue number one for wonks, anonymous, Hollywood, and all the other players in an increasingly wired political sandbox.

One strategy is to push out news to a cadre of “followers” who in turn will share with smaller blocs where they are respected. This came up in the discussion. Of course these lower-tier sourcelets have no official, legal “blessing”: there is no official stature for their function.

March 31 next conf on how do we grow a cybersecurity workforce? Today’s big word CROWDSOURCE—and how its power on legislators freaks some out.

- Russ Imrie”]
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