How Will Obama Now Use the Internet Army He Built?
Obama harnessed the grass-roots power of the Web to get elected. How will he use that power now?
This is a good little article. I think this issue deserves some attention because a lot of people who helped elect Obama expect to continue to be involved. But I can also understand the fine line that now must be walked by former campaign managers and staffers who now find themselves working for the president-elect.
The rules have certainly changed. Things like transparency and data-retention are serious issues that are complex but need to be addressed.
If I were Obama, I wouldn’t give up my Blackberry. I would certainly be very judicious about how I used it though. It’ll be most interesting to see how he will be able to use the small army of volunteers and “Facebook followers” that have been built up over the past two years. You see, it’s great that President-elect Obama uses technology to establish a two-way communication between the governed and the government, but he also doesn’t want to create a fundamental gap between the “haves” and the “have-nots.” Believe it or not, there are still people who don’t spend their days YouTubing.
There is a lot of potential here. But the right balance has to be struck, and that little ballet will be entertaining to watch.