I’ve been visiting Personal Democracy Forum (PDF) since the spring. The site covers the intersection of politics and IT technology, so the ’08 presidential campaign provided it with daily doses of gee-whizzery: Twitter plus GOTV! Obama plus FaceBook! YouTube plus McCain! Transparency plus the transition! If you’re interested in this kind of thing, the site is a great resource.

But the more I read it, the more clear it is that the professors, bloggers, campaign consultants, journalists and good-government activists behind the site are motivated by an anemic, professionalized kind of populism. Read the rest of this entry »