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Obama vs. the tubes

If he can get a few thousand people to change their profile pictures on Facebook to this, he is all-powerful

If he can get a few thousand people to change their profile pictures on Facebook to this, he is all-powerful

So, our president-elect may make himself the first to use the interwebs for anything other than amusing videos featuring Barney the Terrier. Your friendly neighborhood Slate tech writer, Farhad Manjoo, has an interesting article:

Though no one in the Obama camp will discuss the specifics, Democratic Web guru Joe Trippi and others believe that the White House Web site will transform into a social network—a kind of Facebook for citizens, a place where people can learn about and work toward passing the president’s agenda. Trippi argues that if Obama can use the Web to spark the same well-organized fervor for his policy goals as he did for his campaign, “I think it’s going to be one of the most powerful presidencies we’ve seen since FDR, and maybe even more powerful. Even the best presidents have never had a way to connect directly with millions of Americans—Obama will have that.”

Some sort of “presidential MyBO” might be interesting. Then again, he might ignore us, as he did with FISA and telecom immunity earlier in the year. It would be super radd to have a president who knows the ins and outs of our glorious Interwebs, the vast worldwide series of tubes invented by climate cassandra (and fellow Democrat) Al Gore.

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