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This place is not a place of honor.
No highly esteemed deed is commemorated here.
Nothing valued is here.
This place is a message and part of a system of messages.
Pay attention to it!
Sending this message was important to us.
We considered ourselves to be a powerful culture.”

Landscape of Thorns


  1. Keri Carpenter Keri Carpenter

    Thanks for the vote of confidence!
    I do think the takeaway from the Dean campaign is that the Netroots CANNOT do it alone, as you alluded to and I said in my talk.
    It does have to be coordinated well, but I think the emphasis (in the way the primary season is structured) has to be on the ground game rather than the Internet part.
    I, along with others, truly believed that the Netroots had enough power to bring down the existing power structure, but it did not — clearly — which in and of itself is interesting in my book. Looking for a magic bullet to fix this state of affairs is not in my job description. I think work early, work hard is definitely the way to go, but I think we did what we could with the Internet and it wasn’t quite enough, so I am left with more questions than answers as to what will fix the situation. But I’m watching, waiting and learning and we’ll see what comes of that.


    Keri Carpenter

  2. Jeff Dougan Jeff Dougan

    Being invited to serve on an initial round of this panel for WIPP caused Gregory Benford to think about how humans transmit messages over thousands of years. The book that resulted, Deep Time, is well worth reading.

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