SERIOUS AS A HEART ATTACK!
I think it's great MTK!
Are you taking this seriously though?
You're a smart and charismatic guy, but you shouldn't aught to fuck with people's hopes and needs.
My campaign manager told me there are two paths I can take:
- Trying to win the seat
- Trying to win the issues
Trying to win the seat would involve me... most likely doing all the things I don't like (I REALLY want to say hate) about politics. Trying to win the issues means I get to... be me!
Some things that have REALLY been irking me is how slow government (local and in general) has been in adapting this "new media." I'm REALLY interested in government, economics, debate and why things are done the way they are done. With the simple addition of a blog an alderman could; keep his constituents in the loop about general topics, alert people to upcoming votes, explain why he voted the way he voted and give everyone an opportunity to voice their opinion about the decisions he makes (thus truly representing the people).
The above is something really basic. Something a little more interesting is that I've had... for going on 4 years now, the City of Milwauke [Twitter]
with 6,400 "followers" and [Facebook
Page] with 18,700 "fans" (I almost forgot, I have the YouTube
account too, but it's not all that special) and done a pretty good job with controlling my urges to TROLLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLO
I've been trying, for the last three years, to get someone in City Hall to take the accounts and do something cool with them. I'd always get turned away, told they didn't know what to do with them/didn't need them, and most recently that there's no person that COULD take them! (Although I also found out that our city now officially has a "social media protocol" which is actually pretty cool.)
I think the only way to get their attention is to make a point to them of how useful all of this stuff can be for organizing and campaigning (when a digital ninja is working in the background).
In order to do that I'm going to put everything I can into "winning" (on the "open government" issue and... maybe actually the election! Now THAT would be... epic.)
My campaign manager is a 62 year old old school union organizer from New York who's campaign management record is 56 and 9 (he told me that 9 always bothered him and he'd like to see it get into the double digits... lol). His son also played a role managing Obama's social efforts in 2008...
This will be interesting. The worst thing that can happen is I'm going to learn a bunch of new stuff.