[LINK] Obama election technology. (It's too quiet.)
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Tue Nov 20 10:50:25 AEDT 2012
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On 20 November 2012 10:42, Bernard Robertson-Dunn <brd at iimetro.com.au>wrote:
> On 20/11/2012 9:55 AM, Jim Birch wrote:
> > Campaigns, however, even Howard Dean's famous 2004 Internet-enabled run
> > the Democratic nomination, did not hire a bunch of technologists. Though
> > they hired a couple, like Clay Johnson, they bought technology from
> > consultants. For 2012, Slaby wanted to change all that. He wanted dozens
> > engineers in-house, and he got them.
> > The real innovation in 2012 is that we had world-class technologists
> > a campaign," Slaby told me. "The traditional technology stuff inside
> > campaigns had not been at the same level." And yet the technologists, no
> > matter how good they were, brought a different worldview, set of
> > personalities, and expectations."
> Having looked at both side's use of technology I've come to the
> conclusion that the difference was not the technology itself but the
> approach to, and the use of, technology.
> The Democrats took a longer term view of their systems. They developed
> early, then analysed, tested and adjusted their applications. They made
> mistakes, they discovered things in the data and they modified their
> And they got it right.
> The Republicans, on the other hand, "knew" what they were doing was
> right. Their approach was based upon belief, not upon consistency with
> the real world. When it came to turning on their untested applications,
> everything feel in a heap. A bit like their whole campaign and their
> philosophy - they "knew" they were right.
> But they got it wrong.
> Belief without evidence is a wondrous thing. Unfortunately, reality
> abhors stupidity.
> You can always tell a politician from the far right, you just can't tell
> them much.
> Bernard Robertson-Dunn
> Sydney Australia
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