2 Brilliant Articles About The New, Net-based New Left

Micah Sifry posted links on 19 January to 2 excellent articles about the "New New Left," its relationship with the Internet, and how it compares to the "Old New Left" of the 1960's and 70's:

Start with Matt Stoller's brave effort at a comprehensive explanation of the rise of the net-roots entitled "What is this New Movement?", and then turn to Mark Schmitt's amplifications and clarifications.

These two articles are a must-read for activists, anybody interested in the the relationship between technology and social change, and anybody who wishes to understand the MoveOn-phenomenon and the context for new, up-and-coming groups like Avaaz.org, who want to make the MoveOn organizing model global.

Five steps to building relationships with bloggers

Check out this blog post from Getting Attention about how non-profits can build relationships with bloggers and increase their presence in the blogosphere: 



Welcome to the new site!

 Why the move?

I want more flexibility to customize my blog. I think WordPress is awesome, and my will continue to use it for my new site, but I want to take advantage of features and plugins that are only available on a self-hosted version of the software. Plus, this will be a great chance for me to learn more about web design as I tinker and tweak the features on the new site. Also, by hosting my own WordPress blog, I can also add a podcast or a videocast to the blog. Stay tuned…

The new site also features randomized header graphics, so come back often to collect them all. Or if you are really bored, keep on clicking the "refresh" button on your browser to reload the site for a random graphic each time. Fun!

Also, the final reason is vanity, pure and simple. I like the sound of leesean.net. I want to be a first-name-only web celebrity/brand name.

The new site is still a work in progress, so bear with me while I tweak and tinker the tech and write some new content as well.