[LINK] Tea Parties

stephen at melbpc.org.au stephen at melbpc.org.au
Sat Apr 18 23:15:53 AEST 2009

Well, this is one form of e-Democracy ..

Tax Day Becomes Protest Day

How the tea parties could change American politics.

By G.H. REYNOLDS, The Wall Steet Journal, April 15 2009

Today American taxpayers in more than 300 locations in all 50 states will 
hold rallies -- dubbed "tea parties" -- to protest higher taxes and out-
of-control government spending. 

There is no political party behind these rallies and no grand right-wing 

So who's behind the Tax Day tea parties? Ordinary folks who are using the 
power of the Internet to organize. 

For a number of years, techno-geeks have been organizing "flash crowds"- 
groups of people, coordinated by text or cellphone, who converge on a 
particular location and then do something silly, like the pillow fights 
that popped up in 50 cities earlier this month. 

This is part of a general phenomenon dubbed "Smart Mobs" by Howard 
Rheingold, author of a book by the same title, in which modern 
communications and social-networking technologies allow quick 
coordination among large numbers of people who don't know each other.

In the old days, organizing large groups of people required, well, an 
organization: a political party, a labor union, a church or some other 
sort of structure. Now people can coordinate themselves..

More info: http://www.memeorandum.com/090415/h1230



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