Micah Sifry on Tech, Politics, and Old & New Media at POLC 09

May 11, 2009

A couple weeks ago, I attended the Politics Online conference, hosted by the Institute for Politics, Democracy, and the Internet.

One of the most well-known people in the world of tech politics is Micah Sifry, editor of PersonalDemocracy.com, TechPresident.com. At Politics Online, I had the chance to ask Micah some questions about how he started Personal Democracy Forum and Tech President, and what he thinks about the future of politics, technology, and the media, including the discussion over whether we should get rid of the White House Press Corps altogether. Check out the video interview below. A few snippets:

“Karen Tumulty [of TIME magazine]  had it right when she said… The White House briefing room…is where reporters go to perform for other reporters,” he said. “It’s theater. And it’s high school theater.”

“Marci Wheeler, a blogger, broke the story that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was waterboarded 183 times. That’s investigative reporting too. So we need to be careful when folks from the old media claim that there’s special thing called investigative reporting that only they can do.”

Micah Sifry at Politics Online 2009 from Nisha Chittal on Vimeo.

Also, Micah had a great article in Politico last week about the rise of Gov 2.0, and what it all really means, co-written with Andrew Rasiej, the other co-founder of PersonalDemocracy.com. I’d highly recommend checking it out for a great backgrounder on how the government is using new media, and why it matters to all of us.

“There’s a big wave of federal Internet innovation now under way,” they wrote.  “These changes may lead to a bigger reinvention of government — and of the relationship of citizens to their government — than anyone currently imagines.”

And that, I think, is the most exciting thing about gov 2.0.

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