6.30.2008

McCain, the Internet & confessions of a Music Blogger

I am an anomaly. I am a 56-year-old music Blogger. I will admit, that prior to starting this site I was a computer illiterate. Yes I could surf the web, answer emails and send attachments. I understood the powerful ramifications of the on-line community, but lacked the knowledge to implement my enlightened visions. I can now explain how it works without sounding ridiculous, but my skills at implementation while getting better are still limited.

I can envision trends and movements on the Web and see the power of new possibilities. As large corporations and media empires have access and visibility so do others who are willing to take the time. The egalitarian nature of communication from many platforms is possible. My focus and contribution has been to the music community.

I was watching CSPAN and was drawn into a panel discussion by the Personal Democracy Forum in New York, about how the Internet has been utilized in past and current presidential campaigns. The panels mission was to be informative and nonpartisan. My eyebrows were raised when Tracy Russo (John Edwards campaign blogger) challenged Mark Soohoo, (the McCain McCain e-campaign director) about his candidate’s lack of computer literacy. While she made very legitimate points she was apologetic about her swaying from the panels intent. I share her concerns and think there should be no apologies when raising such a vital issue.

Lacking the basic understanding of how the Web functions is a hindrance. To fully grasp the possibilities of this vastly growing entity, I think a president should have a grip on the potential future of this information evolution. He should envision where it is going. The global connectivity it provides has a broad scope of possibility. It can be the catalyst to solving our world’s most difficult problems.

Just imagine, the future of the global web community within fields of science, music, art, media and politics to name a few. Just think You Tube was launched in 2005 and in just three years a massive global community is developing, with far-reaching significance.
I might be old but I welcome the renaissance of possibilities, that is the Web.
Fascinating video: Information R /evolution



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