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Feb. 3rd, 2008 09:50 am
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The political season is in full swing. Each Presidential election, pundits say that there has never been an election like this one And each time, they're right. Our world is changing so fast that a difference of 4 years is staggering.

This year, it's likely that the Democratic nominee will be either a woman or a black man. That's pretty staggering by itself. But that's not the key aspect of this election, I don't believe.

This year the twist is that people-powered politics has begun to flower. Howard Dean, in an earlier election, showed how strong the Internet could be in bringing the masses to the common table. This year, though, the masses are doing their own thing. Free of centralized control and armed only with passion and a bit of technical savvy, they're creating energy in ways the political consultants could never have imagined.

For example, here is a video made by supporters of Obama, essentially a fanvid of a SPEECH of his. And powerful enough to make me cry. No tightly controlled party line could have thought of this. This was made by passionate supporters, not calculating strategists. And I can't see such a shift of power from cynical political professionals to energized political amateurs as being anything but wonderful.




http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2008/02/02/celebrities-debut-obama-music-video/

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