Saturday, November 15, 2008

New York Times on Join The Impact

The playing field changes:

Gay-Rights Activists Use Web to Organize Global Rally

The Internet played an unprecedented role in rallying voters during this year’s election. In the aftermath of the election, Web 2.0 tools are continuing to play a role in other causes, astonishing long-time activists with the power and speed with which it gets their message out.

The latest example is a series of international protests scheduled for Saturday in opposition to California’s Proposition 8, the gay marriage ban that passed on Nov. 4. Join the Impact, a Web site built the morning of Friday, Nov. 7, has rallied hundreds of thousands of people who are gathering this weekend in eight countries, 50 states and 300 cities.

“This is the potential of the Web,” said Ben Elowitz, chief executive of Wetpaint, a company that builds Web sites for individuals and companies and built one for Join the Impact. “When Web 2.0 started, people started talking about giving ordinary people a voice online. This is the pinnacle of giving people a voice online.

3 comments:

NG said...

Once again, it was nice to meet you, brief as it was.

Michael Diamond said...

Too bad they didn't think of this innovation BEFORE Prop 8 was passed. If we were more organized ahead of the ballot, there would be no need for protests this week. Instead, we would be using the web to organize celebrations.

NG said...

Blame the current lgbt leadership for that, Michael.

Prop 8 failed because the people running NoOn8 kept the handcuffs on, and were walking on eggshells.

The San Francisco Chronicle said they feared having the P word used if they ran ads featuring same sex parents with children.

Now who do you blame for that? Why the gay community, of course. Not all but some, mind you; Just those who have used the word themselves at the expense of others to justify their cowardice and apathy and ignorance.