It’s amazing to see mobilization amongst youth and the power of technology to connect and redefine communications structures. The Adbusters website is a great hub for communication and watching developments. I didn’t realize it until recently, but this Canadian publication was actually responsible for starting the movement.
It’s clear the system has systemic problems. In the U.S. politicians have two masters, the public who votes them in to office, and business interests who control the flow of money to get them reelected. It’s clear that the balance has been shifted to where there is little to no public accountability in government. Librals vote libral and conservatives vote conservative so there’s little fear of losing constituents (approval of congress is ridiculously low). Rather than seeing politics as conservative vs libral or prolife vs pro-choice etc., we should hold fast to the real issue. There is a class divide out there with two sides, the wealth/business on one side and the masses on the other.
We don’t generally post about political topics, but today we’re making an exception. After weeks of watching news clips of people in town hall meetings scream at each other about killing Grandma (Obama Death Panel is an awesome band name by the way, thanks @maxmarginal), we FINALLY got some info from the white house that makes a sensible argument for healthcare reform a http://www.whitehouse.gov/realitycheck/
On a side note, from a design/communication perspective, this site is PERFECT. All the information is quick to scan through and super easy to share. If you want an amazing example of how to communicate your message on the internet, there aren’t many sites that do it better than this.
After 20 months of presidential campaigns and an exhilarating election, I can’t help but feel a little vacant. Leave it to the tech whizzes at Freedom Speaks to help us get acquainted with our newly elected officials and maintain involvement in the political process.
Founder Jason Kiesel describes the site as “a communication tool that informs and enables it’s users to get involved.” Using your address Freedom Speaks finds all of your officials and make it easy for you to let them know exactly how you feel about all of the issues. You can also share your letters to officials and discuss and debate the issues with other users. “The future of the site,” says Kiesel, “includes details of politicians voting records, information on the source of funding for bills, propositions, and campaigns.” Sign up to give politicians a piece of your mind.