Is the Internet changing the face of politics forever?

By | 2002-11-04

I think the answer’s obvious, but for two examples see Tara Grubb and the following viral email I received:


> —–Original Message—–
> From: The Executive Committee Against Uppity Citizens
> Sent: Monday November 03 7:37 AM
> To: MoveOn.org
> Subject: Please don’t vote.


> Dear friend,


> On behalf of Shell, Mobil, and Exxon; Boeing, Lockheed-Martin,
> and GE; all the Enrons, Halliburtons, and Harkens; President
> Bush, Vice President Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, and the other CEOs
> of the Cabinet; and thousands of us who are working for a better
> life for the wealthiest Americans, we have one simple request:
> Could you please just stay home tomorrow?


> See, we have things to do. Nations to invade. Wetlands to
> destroy. Oil to drill. Courts to pack. Corporate taxes to cut.


> What’s frustrating for us is that we’re coming up against some
> pretty stiff resistance. We’ve spent hundreds of millions of
> dollars to secure the Senate, but it looks like we just may lose
> it. Heck, we may even lose the House. We don’t quite get what it
> is about our agenda that you people don’t like, but it’s clear
> that this time, you may be upset enough to actually do something
> about it.


> That’s why we’re writing this message to you today. Please don’t
> vote. Ask your friends not to vote. What could the harm be in
> sitting this round out? If you could just stay home on Election
> Day, we can get back to the important business of running the
> nation for you, and we won’t have to bother you again.

> Thank you,
> The Executive Committee Against Uppity Citizens


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