Thursday , October 1 2020

p2p Politics.org

I (and a few-thousand of his closest friends) received this email from Lawrence Lessig today regarding p2p-Politics.org:

    So this is some political spam, which you’ve earned by either (1) being in my address book, or (2) having sent me a question, comment, or criticism in the past. Consider this small request the price of our contact.

    A bunch of us have put together a p2p-politics.org site which I’d be grateful if you could look at, and more importantly, pester the campaigns about.

    The idea of the site is to enable people to send clips — both video and audio — about the candidate they support to people they know, asking them to listen to or watch the ads sent before they vote. These ads can come from the campaigns, or from anyone who wants to make an ad for a campaign. And as this email does, the site permits people to ad text to the message.

    We were very successful in collecting ads supporting Kerry. Moveon.org had a bunch licensed under a Creative Commons license we we could get automatically. And the Kerry campaign then gave us a few more to include.

    But despite our repeated requests, through many channels, we’ve not yet been able to get a reply from the Bush campaign.

    So here’s the request. If you go to the site (linked below) and think it worthwhile, can you send a brief email to the Bush campaign (there’s a link on the site) or the Nader campaign (if that’s your persuasion)?

    If that’s too much, then enjoy (or be frustrated by) the ads I’ve selected here. They are all tied to a theme I’ve written about — the effect of this election on the next generation — inspired, no doubt, by my confronting my own next generation, now just 13 months old.

It’s a great idea – a clearinghouse of political ads, but this is just embarrassing that the Republicans haven’t submitted a single ad. Republicans, if you want to be taken seriously as citizens of cyberspace, as tech-savvy, as blog literate, you have to get with the program and participate. Get-the-hell-on-it – consider yourselves pestered.

About Eric Olsen

Career media professional and serial entrepreneur Eric Olsen flung himself into the paranormal world in 2012, creating the America's Most Haunted brand and co-authoring the award-winning America's Most Haunted book, published by Berkley/Penguin in Sept, 2014. Olsen is co-host of the nationally syndicated broadcast and Internet radio talk show After Hours AM; his entertaining and informative America's Most Haunted website and social media outlets are must-reads: [email protected], Facebook.com/amhaunted, Pinterest America's Most Haunted. Olsen is also guitarist/singer for popular and wildly eclectic Cleveland cover band The Props.

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