Friday, January 11, 2008

We Dig, You Decide

In today's WaPo, profile of VoteGopher.com, a political service created by young voters for young voters, and it's 2o year old founder, Will Ruben:

The site's motto: "We dig, you decide." Hence the gopher.

Ruben and his staff of 25, most of them Harvard students, read debate transcripts, watch YouTube videos and scour news sites to collect content. Though users can make submissions of their own, such offerings are carefully filtered.

"It's impressive what they've been able to put together," says Lee Rainie, director of the Washington-based Pew Internet & American Life Project. "Back in the pre-Internet era, these students would have just attended town hall meetings, stuffed envelopes, maybe made some phone calls to be involved. These days they're starting their own Web sites."
Voters under 30 are showing an ever increasing role (if numbers from 2004 and 2006 are any indication), and younger voters turned out in droves (1/5 of Democratic caucus goers) during the Iowa caucus.

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