With the advent of an open-source, consumer-driven economy, is the political world the next frontier for the wiki generation? There is already a blog on the White House website run in President Obama’s name. Shouldn’t a ‘democracy’ such as the United States use every tool that’s available to give as many citizens as possible access to the political process?
I’m not suggesting that we start electing computers into key positions. However, there are two very logical uses of the internet in politics.
- Campaigning: Within twenty years, a presidential candidate will run a campaign using solely web tools. Speeches will be made using videos on YouTube. Debates will be held in the comments section of popular blogs. Fund raising will be done with Google adsense. This will allow low-budget independent candidates get a foothold in the system that seems to be stifling free thought.
- Policy-decisions: The next great political revolution may come in the form of a Wikiocracy. Why not have senators and congressmen post the bills up for debate or vote on a blog and allow constituents to comment and vote on them? Connecting with politicians may re-energize a young generation who seems to have lost contact with the political system.