Monday, March 29, 2004
the end of an era?
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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Obama 2008 - I want my country back
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.