Cross-posted from NetcentricCampaigns.org.
After blogging about who I thought should be Time's "person of the Year," I was a little disappointed with their announcement that "you" (in other words: everyone) was the winner. It felt like a cop-out. But the fact is, it's also true.
It's a story about community and collaboration on a scale never seen before. It's about the cosmic compendium of knowledge Wikipedia and the million-channel people's network YouTube and the online metropolis MySpace. It's about the many wresting power from the few and helping one another for nothing and how that will not only change the world, but also change the way the world changes.
It's nice to see that the mainstream media is beginning to accept that not only have they been forced to release their strangle-hold on information, but that this transformation may be a good thing. This is exactly what network-centric advocacy is all about. The Internet has been a vital key in creating the infrastructure to allow groups of people to effectively collaborate around their own individual priorities.
The Time article is actually quite good, and they also highlight 15 people who typify "you." One of the examples is Lane Hudson, who I had the pleasure of meeting at RootsCampDC a few weeks ago. Lane's StopSexualPredators blog single handedly forced the Mark Foley isue into the blogosphere and then the media and then, finally, to Capitol Hill. Not only did Rep. Foley resign his seat, exposing the repugnant behavior of the Republican chair of the House Congressional Missing and Exploited Children Caucus was a major blow to the right's "family values" image and gave the Democrats much-needed momentum in their campaign to take back Congress.
Lane was fired from his job at the Human Rights Campaign when his role was revealed, and he's got a new blog called News for the Left. Let's show the power of the network to reward leadership like his and give him a hand.