Friday, August 14, 2009

Erik Telford, Internet expert

The guy who didn't invite me to Right Online -- who cannot even be bothered so much as to send an e-mail to explain this insulting omission -- finds time to give an interview to Dan Nephin of the Associated Press:
The Netroots Nation conference is much larger, at about 1,800 people, and lasts four days. RightOnline has about 700 people and lasts two days.
Erik Telford, executive director of RightOnline, concedes the left has been better about using blogging and social network sites such as Facebook and Twitter.
"I think for the past few years, they (the left) have had an advantage, but the tables are turning and rapidly so," he said. "The Internet is a great place for people to turn when they want to get involved. And people really want to get involved when they're locked out of power."
Telford pointed to the right's activism on "Tea Party" demonstrations across the country against stimulus spending and town hall meetings on health care as examples.
Conservative leaders were slow to embrace online activism, he said.
"But the fact of the matter is, the paradigm has flipped completely upside down. And we can either embrace it and succeed, or we can remain in denial about it at our own peril," Telford said.
"At Americans for Prosperity, we realize we can't just give marching orders to our activists. They have access to these tools. We want them to self-organize. We want to rebuild the movement from the bottom up," he said.
"Rebuild the movement" = Don't invite me.

Remember this, if you're a conservative organization for "people [who] really want to get involved." Whatever you do, make sure you leave me out, the way Erik Telford of Americans for Prosperity did, because you wouldn't want your event covered by a mere conservative journalist.

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