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A Social Networked Protest in India

Each week about this time I report in on how social networking technologies (usually Facebook) and politics (usually Planned Parenthood) interact.  This week, I’m still going to do that, but I’m going to point to an article I heard last night on NPR’s All Things Considered.  Referencing the work of Howard Rheingold, author of Smart Mobs, Phillip Reeves interviewed a number of Mumbai citizens using txt messages to organize a mass protest Wednesday (today).

Reeve notes that the texts urge people to consider holding the Indian government accountable:

The real terrorists are not only those who have come through boat but those who have come through vote.  We can change the system, if America can why can’t India?  Please pass it on.

Although I’m so sorry to hear about the events in Mumbai last week, I suddenly felt this huge sense of relief.  America is, again, a model for peaceful transitions of power and the potential for democracy to hold the powerful accountable.  Suddenly, I know America made the right choice.  Obama is the person we need to show the world and just moving away from the policies of the Bush years is already restoring some of America’s standing abroad. Continue reading


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Talk to Me Like a Person not a Vote

I finished Mobilizing Generation 2.0 while at the Planned Parenthood conference I blogged about a few days ago.  In many ways this was the perfect context in which to read this book– although I may be biased (after all I am a huge supporter of Planned Parenthood’s mission),  I think that Planned Parenthood is really doing a lot of the things in Rigby’s book well.

I also feel like Rigby’s book prepared me to tackle the challenge of updating/rescuing fixing the H*yas for Choice Facebook group and approaching blogging for a job handling some of the web presence of a reproductive rights campaign that I’m not 100% sure I got but that I’m super hopeful about (sorry, can’t talk about it at the moment… soon though).

Anyway, three points that Rigby came back to over and over I think are worth repeating here:

  1. It is okay to lose control of your message, you’ve got to accept that.
  2. Authentic language and no PR speak are key to on-line success
  3. You can’t just use technology and expect it to do magic.  The old part of politics, the door-to-door handshaking, sign-waving, and petition wielding parts are still central.  Technology can only augment, it cannot replace, those techniques. Continue reading


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