The ‘Online State of Nature’

We’ll be publishing Political Innovation no5, 6 and 7 and announcing the date and venue for our Scottish event over the next few days.

But in the meantime, as a bit of a preface to one of the essays we have lined up, this post from English professor, Alan Jacobs is worth a look. It covers the quality of online discussion.

In one of the essays we have in the pipeline, we’ll be building on Andrew Regan’s question about how we can extract more socially useful material from the exchanges that take place on the blogosphere. Is there an approach to blogging that could make it a more powerful and politically useful medium?

Colbert famously explained that “…the art of taxation consists in so plucking the goose as to obtain the largest possible amount of feathers with the smallest possible amount of hissing.” Perhaps, the art of blogging is one where we generate the highest quality and quantity of valuable useful data in response to a blog-posting?

About Paul Evans

Living in London but working all over Britain and Ireland, Paul is the curator of the Political Innovation project. On twitter as @paul0evans1, blogging mainly at the Local Democracy blog and working mostly for Memeserver Ltd.
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