Nonprofit CEO bloggers
. “Some nonprofits are turning to blogs to help craft their messages and encourage more active participation with their organizations.” A light introduction to a few possibilities, from The NonProfit Times.
Great image via Stencil Punks, a free online archive of stencil graphics.
The Bush-McCain Challenge
. Tightly edited, brightly designed five question quiz asks you to tell the difference between George W. Bush and John McCain. (McCain’s selected quotes position him to the right of Bush.) It’s a one-shot site, a sort of modern day editorial cartoon, but I found it a good demonstration of the effects of propaganda (I got all but one of the answers wrong) — and of the persuasion implicit in polls.
Twitter for Freedom
. “[James Karl] Buck, a journalism grad student, was arrested in Egypt last week, and his only communication to the outside world was through his cellphone, which he used to post a message on the micro-blogging site [Twitter]. ‘Arrested,’ he typed into his phone, a message that broadcast via the Web to his friends in the United States and bloggers in Egypt.... His friends contacted the U.S. Embassy and his school, the University of California at Berkeley, which sent a lawyer to get him out of jail.”
A good use case to add to the repertoire of texting and activism. It’s like your own personal urgent action network. Thank you, Blaine
See this Wired item
on using Twitter to coordinate events, rumor control and public safety during direct actions against the war in San Francisco.
How To Win: A Practical Guide to Defeating The Radical Right
. Activist toolkit text from 1994: “A one-stop, do-it-yourself guide to fighting the Radical Right at the local level. In it you will find hands-on information on a range of practical matters, including how to organize coalitions, how to run an election campaign, how to work with the media, how to use polling, and how to intrepret and put to good use the relevant body of law.” See the Table of Contents
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I’ve heard of candidates keeping blogs, but I think this is a first. From the Hindustan Times:
“Malaysia’s political landscape was hit hard from cyberspace last week when a blogger entered Parliament after winning in elections that saw the ruling coalition lose its two-thirds majority in the House. In a country where the mainstream media largely supported the government, Jeff Ooi — a former advertising copywriter — used his political blog to win a seat on an Opposition ticket. He was not the only blogger in the fray.
Elizabeth Wong, a social activist and blogger, won a state assembly election....
Technology destroyed the powerful hold that Abdullah’s Barisan Nasional had over Malaysia, where sex scandals and videos of ministers frolicking with their girlfriends have been posted on YouTube, much to their embarrassment.”
. Simple, powerful and unexpected online application from the Norwegian Red Cross. (Try it. It’s not what it seems.) (via)
. The Center for Public Integrity has compiled a database of Iraq-related speeches, briefings, interviews, testimony by the Bush administration in the two years following September 11, 2001. They found at least 935 false statements about the national security threat posed by Saddam Hussein's Iraq — reaching a crescendo before the invasion. Their analysis and data set are searchable online
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