I was a tad bored and began playing around on my computer. I ended up at the Yahoo answers site. I was on their health boards and was amazed at what I saw at the top of the page. Senator Hillary Clinton (and possible presidential candidate for 2008) posted a question. Okay, one of her staff members probably posted the question. Anyway, here was the question: BASED ON YOUR OWN FAMILY’S EXPERIENCE WHAT DO YOU THINK WE SHOULD DO TO IMPROVE HEALTHCARE IN AMERICA.
For those of you who are not familiar with Yahoo answers. Here is how it works. A person posts a question. After registering, you then can answer any question you wish. Some of the questions are really interesting, others are just bored people asking stupid things.
At the time I read this post made by Ms. Clinton, it has been posted for only two days. During those two days, there had all ready been 35,079 comments made. Posters still had eleven more days to post.
The comments that people were leaving were actually very intelligent sounding. They were actually telling Ms. Clinton and her staff about their experiences and what they think. Politics and which team they were on, wasn’t a deciding factor in their answers.
I was impressed. This made me think more and more about how this world wide web really could effect politics if more and more politicians would actually take more time and post questions for the people. Imagine all the responses they would get. Imagine the questions they could ask. Imagine being able to tell your local government or the federal government what you think. Sure you can write letters. But writing letters and receiving a response is so much slower than the speed of internet. Plus, it is easier for a politician and their staff to gather data this way.
Of course, many politicians all ready have their own blogs. Ms. Clinton even announced that she was going to via for the democrat spot for the presidential run in 2008. (www.hillaryclinton.com). To win any big election, I would imagine a candidate would have to have their own website, where they and their staff could posts news releases, ask for contributions, post their itineraries and even have message boards to hear what some of their followers are thinking. But to be heard, you would have to find each politicians blog. Many of us, won’t take the time to do this and if it isn’t election time, maybe the politician wouldn’t even care about message boards.
Now imagine if they did care. Imagine if all state, and local websites had message boards where the people could discuss their real concerns. If the politicians knew what was important to us, maybe the would do take more action on some of these concerns.
The times are changing. Politicians need to find a home base on the internet on message board sites like Yahoo, myspace, MSN and Goggle.
Then, we the people, need to go to these sites, and place our real concerns. But what we don’t need to do is to go to boards such as these and argue party, to sling mud or to be plain mean.
If Americans could learn how to come together to discuss the serious things the internet