Howard Rheingold on Smart Mobs for Democracy

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Two things are crucial: to develop a literacy of consuming participatory media and more importantly, a literacy of production. Together, if successfull, they could trigger an inflection point in our civilization.

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"In Fall, 2007, James Fishkin’s Center for Deliberative Democracy and Jim Lehrer’s Newshour program brought together 300 Americans to talk about democracy. By The People, was broadcast on PBS in January, 2008. I was invited to address this assembly. I talked about Smart Mobs in relation to the public sphere—the citizen discourse that undergirds democracy. The following video, first of two parts, courtesy MacNeil/Lehrer Productions."