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Sunday, July 13, 2003


Slashdot picks up Dean-Lessig story

posted by Aziz P. at Sunday, July 13, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
This is fantastic exposure for the campaign - Slashdot has posted a story about the guest blogging of Dean for Lessig. There are already almost 800 comments on that thread. Dean supporters, so participate in the discussion there, as we are really laying the concrete groundwork for a possible Slashdot interview!

It is essential that Dean make a serious play for the Slashdot demographic. The singular advantage is that people who read Slashdot tend to have very diverse political positions regarding liberalism/conservatism - but on certain issues (especially patent law, copyrights, and fair use), they are almost single-issue.

With Dean's guest blogging for Lessig, he has the advantage of credibility. Lessig's tacit endorsement is significant. However, Dean has not yet made any issue statements about these topics. In that respect, he is already falling behind Kucinich, who is probably best-positioned to compete for the hearts and minds of the Slashdot bloc. Kucinich has already published a piece in the Nation this week, "The Case for Public Patents". Dean needs to clartifyu his own positions on these issues, especially with respect to the Digital Millenium Copyright Act, and the Sonny Bono Copyright Extension Act.


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Nation-Building was founded by Aziz Poonawalla in August 2002 under the name Dean Nation. Dean Nation was the very first weblog devoted to a presidential candidate, Howard Dean, and became the vanguard of the Dean netroot phenomenon, raising over $40,000 for the Dean campaign, pioneering the use of Meetup, and enjoying the attention of the campaign itself, with Joe Trippi a regular reader (and sometime commentor). Howard Dean himself even left a comment once. Dean Nation was a group weblog effort and counts among its alumni many of the progressive blogsphere's leading talent including Jerome Armstrong, Matthew Yglesias, and Ezra Klein. After the election in 2004, the blog refocused onto the theme of "purple politics", formally changing its name to Nation-Building in June 2006. The primary focus of the blog is on articulating purple-state policy at home and pragmatic liberal interventionism abroad.