: One issue at this Emergent Democracy conference is the echo chamber — not the echo chamber of the Dean blog but the echo chamber of the conference. The stage is, a bit too appropriately, set to the left. Almost all the speakers are of the left; MoveOn is up there now. Esther Dyson raised the issue at lunch; another questioner did on the floor. They said they tried hard to get speakers from the right. It certainly would have made for a meatier conference and would have given a better picture of how these camps view and use these tools. Too damned bad.
Matt Welch in the comments below says Richard Bennett should be here. That would have been a start. I don’t want to just hear like-minded people. And for that matter, I don’t want to hear just Americans. This is a worldwide political phenomenon being used by different people in different ways.