May 12 conference call


Apologies to people who were getting "all circuits busy" messages ... I hate technology.

Mike -- nurse/researcher, Washington, heavily involved in health care action
Brian -- Minnesota, DFL Activist
Jake -- lawyer, "old lefty roots"
Harry -- student, Wisconsin
Jon -- strategist/writer/activist, Seattle/San Francisco
MarcoPoloRedux -- former chair billionaires for bush (.com), writer, satirist, Brooklyn, NY

Advantages of Twitter

  • Jake: speed; and i can reach people where they are -- even if not in offices. unlike a lot of other political space on the Internet, people are able to come together. potential as an aggregator
  • Mike: you can get dialog across the spectrum, especially on issues like civil liberties that are often overlooked. can engage with somebody on the other side of an issue
  • Brian: exchange ideas real-time, reaching a broad spectrum of people and exposed to a variety of ideas. helps me refine my arguments, find resources, potentially change my mind
  • Harry: Twitter Vote Report on election day, it really clicked: a connection on the ground to real people and letting them spread their words. and there's access to people that you'd never meet otherwise -- press, pundits, etc.

Diversity and participation

Jake: there are a lot of women who don't want to be part of a conversation when screaming's going on. Even more, it seemed to be an argument between white men ... I didn't feel like I had much to add. Also, the discussion was about turf and ownership; a lot of people just didn't care.

- Will people feel that they can step into the space and feel they do a handful of tweets without being overwhelmed by the people tweeting 20 or more times an hour? Will we need to start coming up with norms to keep this from becoming imbalanced.

- What about repeated postings, exploitative news feeds drawing traffic to blog, and commercial posts?

Suggestion of a way of looking at it: controlling your behavior to free up the space for people who aren't as comfortable with coming in and taking it. "Part of reducing male dominance is changing male-dominant habits"

Risk: rules would be unenforceable, and would lead to it being viewed as ownership and turf issues

Possibility: agree on framework, goals, and guidelines. Some people won't agree; it's an open hashtag, so they can do whatever they want. A discussion is likely to be valuable.

Action item: coordinate with #fem2 on discussions with upcoming TwitterCasts. "exchange program" (Jon and Jake)

Moving to action-orientation

Engaging with conservatives: establish argument in a baseline of truth, rooted in progressive values, and move on. Otherwise, it's just a pissing contest.

A lot of folks on the phone call are filtering out #tcot -- having a bit of discussion/examples of this would be useful

What about moving some of the discussions to #bipart? thread here.


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