The Static Age: Challenges to a More Digital Democracy

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My talk to Barcamp Tacoma about the unfilled promise of a more digital government using social media and other new media tools. I should add great thanks to Comcast, where I work, because they allow me to be a locally elected officials and work on presentations and interests like this.

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  • August Kautz as he looked while he was here to renovated Fort Steilacoom in 1857
  • Fort Steilacoom from water tower site (is that a church or a water tower on the left) the debate has yet to answer that question)
  • Fort Steilacoom from water tower site (is that a church or a water tower on the left) the debate has yet to answer that question)
  • Fort Steilacoom from water tower site (is that a church or a water tower on the left) the debate has yet to answer that question)
  • Fort Steilacoom from water tower site (is that a church or a water tower on the left) the debate has yet to answer that question)
  • August Kautz as he looked while he was here to renovated Fort Steilacoom in 1857
  • Fort Steilacoom from water tower site (is that a church or a water tower on the left) the debate has yet to answer that question)
  • Fort Steilacoom from water tower site (is that a church or a water tower on the left) the debate has yet to answer that question)
  • Fort Steilacoom from water tower site (is that a church or a water tower on the left) the debate has yet to answer that question)
  • Fort Steilacoom from water tower site (is that a church or a water tower on the left) the debate has yet to answer that question)
  • Fort Steilacoom from water tower site (is that a church or a water tower on the left) the debate has yet to answer that question)
  • August Kautz as he looked while he was here to renovated Fort Steilacoom in 1857
  • August Kautz as he looked while he was here to renovated Fort Steilacoom in 1857
  • August Kautz as he looked while he was here to renovated Fort Steilacoom in 1857
  • Fort Steilacoom from water tower site (is that a church or a water tower on the left) the debate has yet to answer that question)
  • Fort Steilacoom from water tower site (is that a church or a water tower on the left) the debate has yet to answer that question)
  • August Kautz as he looked while he was here to renovated Fort Steilacoom in 1857
  • August Kautz as he looked while he was here to renovated Fort Steilacoom in 1857
  • The Static Age: Challenges to a More Digital Democracy

    1. 1. ‘ The Static Age:’ The Challenges of a more Digital Democracy Walter Neary Lakewood City Council Aug. 8, 2009
    2. 2. “ I can’t see a thing in the video “I can’t hear a sound on the radio “In stereo, in the Static Age … - Green Day, Static Age,2009
    3. 3. Sources of Static
    4. 4. Discourse is changing Gathering to hear what’s in the paper Gathering for the funeral of the paper
    5. 5. Discourse is changing Gathering to talk Gathering to listen
    6. 6. Source: Penny Arcade (apologies for the blurring) The Challenge of Anonymity
    7. 7. Alright, citizen, get moving….
    8. 8. <ul><ul><li>“ The Internet is just this one big cocktail party where everyone is swarming around trying to keep score … People (can be) connected by real things, not just a couple bytes lining up </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“… What the Internet has allowed is an enormous amount of fake networking to take place…It’s so easy to be seduced by it, because there’s … a scoreboard” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>- Seth Godin </li></ul></ul>
    9. 9. The Cycle We Need to End
    10. 10. <ul><li>THE PROBLEM: The Farmworker Story Cycle </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Media discovers scandal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Public horrified </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Citizens, Media demand action </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lawmakers promise action </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Attention goes away </li></ul></ul>1930s 1968 Today
    11. 11. <ul><li>The Effect Close to Home: Tillicum </li></ul>Community focus, plan: 1980 Community focus, plan: 2009
    12. 12. Grappling for Solutions
    13. 13. Blogging
    14. 14. Facebook
    15. 15. Solutions: At the Presidency
    16. 16. State gov’t solutions
    17. 17. Solutions: Federal, State blend
    18. 18. Data.gov: 100,000 data feeds But 2 states involved …
    19. 20. Wiki government: outsiders move IN
    20. 21. Media and readers cooperate
    21. 22. Wiki approach: Pilots, not Permanent
    22. 24. At the threshold: A business model?
    23. 25. ``` Direct2Dell
    24. 26. Customers help each other
    25. 27. Crowdsourcing ideas
    26. 28. Federal Facebook: Helping People
    27. 29. One step away from customers helping customers
    28. 30. Crowdsourcing ideas
    29. 31. Crowdsourcing ideas
    30. 32. What I didn’t talk about: hyperlocal news blogs / forums Me: @wtneary www.walterneary.net/blogger.html electing2blog.blogspot.com
    31. 33. Ideas?

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