Thursday, April 13, 2006

When democracy met the Web

When we consider Kos's own Web site and its numerous links to other blogs, we see something like an expanding hive of communication, a collective intelligence. And the results can be impressive. A writer with the pen name (mouse name) Jerome à Paris, for instance, organized dozens of other Kossacks [Daily Kos members] interested in energy policy to write an energy plan that I find far more comprehensive and thoughtful than anything the think tanks have produced. It's been read and reshaped by thousands of readers ... [A] kind of proto-journalism is emerging, and becoming steadily more sophisticated.

From this NYRB review of Crashing the Gate: Netroots, Grassroots, and the Rise of People-Powered Politics   by Jerome Armstrong and Markos Moulitsas Zúniga. The second author's "mouse name" is Kos.