MoveOn.org’s virtual Democratic primary has been creating a lot of buzz on the Internet and among activists this week. The primary has attracted so much attention, in fact, that the website crashed this morning during the second day of voting. I’m curious to see how this online grassroots movement will unfold, and while I’m generally optomistic that these types of grassroots movements can be very useful, I’ve already encountered some potential abuses, including cross-voting by Republicans who wish to skewer the results. I’m also wondering how my perception of candidates might be limited due to the fact that I generally only pay attention to online news sources and avoid televised news whenever possible, with the result that I’m seeing a much different presidential race than most candidates (Howard Dean is apparently much less popular on TV than he is online, for example). It remains to be seen how much the online world can effect the political one, but at the very least, I think MoveOn.org has proven to be a great organizing force, a means of sharing information and creating community. When I voted for Dean (like film director Rob Reiner), MoveOn asked for my contact information. The goal is to get local people with similar political views to get in contact with each other and hopefully create some grassroots political networks.
Then again, when the majority of people support pre-pre-emptive war against Iran, I feel like I’m from another world altogether.