Archive for November 14th, 2007

E.politics vs. Issue Dynamics: The Showdown

Okay, it’s more a meeting of the minds than a tag-team deathmatch, but Issue Dynamics has posted a virtual interview with me on their Blogger Relations site, the latest in a series of interviews they’be been doing with folks in the blog world. I told relatively few lies, for once, and we might even all have learned something before we were done. Thanks for the opportunity, y’all! I’ll be getting that tattoo right away, trust me. Though I tell ya, online politics can’t possibly compete with the previous topic: dickless marketing.

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Making Advocacy Points with Data — or Humor

Two new sites popped up today that take very different yet effective approaches to advocacy. First, the serious side: the new CARMA.org site (Carbon Monitoring for Action) defaults to showing you the worst power plants in the world from a global warming perspective, but it’ll also let you find your own power provider and take a look at their plants’ emissions. Because the folks behind the site (the Center for Global Development) used a Google Maps interface, you can easily drill down to each plant and pop up data about how much power and pollution it puts out. Start adding those numbers up and it gets frightening fast.

Next up: satire, the highest art form, as the folks behind the Predatory Lending Association have figured out. Want to know the advantages of predatory lending over indentured servitude? Find out here! Need racial profiling tools? Try these! Quite clever — note the Military Loan Finder map application on the site front page that hooks you up with payday loan establishments clustered near military bases. The nice thing from an advocacy point of view is that both the hard-data and humor/satire approach can work if they’re done right. In these two cases, I think they were.

Update: After I finished this article, my NET intern Alicia LaPorte bombarded me with emails about the End Mountaintop Removal site, which also has great map features, video and a Willie Nelson song (can’t hardly beat that). It’s now her most favoritest advocacy site of all time.

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Online Advocacy’s Greatest Enemy: An Errant Truck

Just got word via an email list that Green Media Toolshed’s site went down yesterday, and after the Convio hacking incident a couple of weeks ago, speculation immediately began in some quarters that nefarious happenings were afoot. Turns out, the culprit was a semi-truck, which knocked over a utility pole and knocked out a transformer (the power-grid kind, not the robot kind) in Texas, which in turn started a chain of events that ended up taking down a bunch of sites hosted by server provider Rackspace. Forget Russian hackers — it looks as though trucks will now join backhoes as the great enemy of online communications.

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