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Monday, March 29, 2004


the end of an era?

posted by Aziz P. at Monday, March 29, 2004 permalink View blog reactions
These are strange times for the Dean netroots. Dean's new organization is (rightly) focused on real-world activism and participation in politics, relegating the Internet infrastructure to a support and logistics role. Trippi's new organization CFA is running in stealth mode, mainly consisting of daily news roundups by Joe Drymala at the CFA blog. And Dean Nation is in a kind of limbo, since Dean himself isn't making much news of late - according to Kos, he walked out halfway through Kerry's speech at the Unity Dinner (UPDATE: because he had a plane to catch, according to Jerome), and according to the o-blog, he will be on CNBC tonight at 7pm EST.

What really matters to me most is the community we built here. I found this site to have great value to me, because of the active discussion that took place in the comments, the links-fest at the Zonkboard - even the trolls have a familiarity to them now :) We even have a pet barking moonbat! Does this site have continuing value in the light of the Dean era's closing? Do we have a role to play in the debate, is there a nuche that we fill that other sites don't?

These are indeed partly existential questions. That's why I want your input. open thread!


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About Nation-Building

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.