Happy Birthday Daily Paul! Flashback 2007: The Interview That Started It AllSubmitted by Michael Nystrom on Wed, 01/19/2011 - 13:02
Friends, on this day, the Daily Paul's fourth birthday, I had planned to post the original podcast that inspired me to start this website, but I can't find it! It was an interview of Dr. Paul on the Koerlin Economics Report in Jan 07, and was once located here, but that link is now broken. I've scoured the internet, and my hard drive too. I thought it was this one, (which is also good), but not that one either.
|Update: Thanks to DPer IPSecure, here is the interview!! Retrieved from the Way Back Machine. This is what I love about the DP!!|
In the interview I'm thinking of, word had already leaked out that he was thinking of running and he addressed the rumor. "It was a little bit preliminary," he said. "I was amazed at how quickly it spread." He also spoke about the power of the internet, the newness of the technology, and how no one really knows the limits of that power and what one could do with it.
I was inspired not only by the message; but the challenge of pushing the limits of the internet. My expectations were not just low, they were non-existent! I just wanted to see what was possible.
If anyone has a copy of that interview please send me an email or a link. I'd like to hear it again and share it as well. And if you value the Daily Paul, please help us reach our fundraising goal - we're about 80% there. Thank you.
Since I can't find that interview, I'd like to share some of my thoughts on that interview, Ron Paul, the information technology revolution that is underway, and how the Daily Paul fits into that. Some of this was published in the book, Ron Paul: A Life of Ideas
Texas Congressman Seeks Presidency
by Michael Nystrom
In our networked information society, information flows faster than ever. Long before any official announcement had been made, news that Dr. Paul would be exploring a run for president had leaked out and spread across the Internet. The "official" story that broke the news was a short blurb by the Associated Press titled 'Texas Congressman Seeks Presidency, dated January 11, 2007. In just over 200 words, it explained that Dr. Paul had filed papers to form an exploratory committee for a presidential run.
In the pre-internet era, such a story might have gotten buried in the back pages of the local newspaper, if it made the news at all. It would have received little if any television coverage. In this prior, information dark age, if one of Dr. Paul's hundreds of thousands of supporters scattered across the nation were to somehow stumble across the news, he would certainly be delighted. But then what? Where could he go from there? Unless he already knew of other supporters personally, he would have no way of contacting them. Were he inclined to volunteer for the campaign, he would be left to his own devices to try to track down headquarters, make long-distance phone calls to Texas, and leave messages that might not be returned for weeks, if ever.
The Internet Changes Everything
The internet changed all of that. While Dr. Paul's 2008 campaign for president did not receive the same level of coverage on television or in print as most of his better known competitors, the 'Ron Paul Revolution' was a case study in our ongoing economic, social, cultural and political revolution. It was an epic battle between the vested powers of the traditional 'old' media and the vibrant rising power of the 'new' media.
Thousands of early supporters found out about Ron Paul's candidacy not from traditional media outlets, but from the internet. And most did not find out directly from the above referenced AP article, but rather from another individual who was merely using the Internet a medium to pass on the news. It was person-to-person communication. People sent emails to others they knew; they posted the news on their websites and discussed it in internet chat rooms and forums. Fans changed their MySpace and Facebook profile pictures to that of Ron Paul. As a result, the news spread quickly, organically and virally, directly to those with the highest level of interest – without any assistance from the campaign itself, nor from any of the traditionally powerful major media outlets.
This is how the news continued to spread, through the duration of the campaign, making the campaign a perfect study in the evolving, people-driven new media on the internet. By many appearances, this new media is growing powerful enough to compete vigorously with the old media institutions of newspaper, news magazines and television.
Old Media vs. New Media
A few weeks after the AP article hit the net, Dr. Paul gave a did a podcast in which he discussed the impact the internet would have on the 2008 presidential race. In it, he paraphrased something he had read online about his own potential candidacy: "This is not a contest between Ron Paul and Hillary Clinton so much as it is a challenge between the people who get their information from the internet in a quiet sort of way vs. the major networks," he said.
He was already anticipating the battle that would take place between the vested interests of the old media, and the rising power of the new. "The numbers of people out there who are sick and tired of what they’re getting are large enough that we can have a real impact and be very competitive," he said. But in order for the campaign to be effective, he knew it would have to ignite at the grassroots level. "We live in a new and modern age and nobody has truly measured this. I think Howard Dean got around the edges two years ago and did pretty well...but the technology continues to improve and the ability to reach millions of people at a very low cost is very intriguing."
Dean's 2003 run for president had set the prior standard for grassroots activism and internet organization. But greatly improved technologies – including many that didn’t exist during Dean’s run – would catapult Dr. Paul's campaign to an entirely new level. Technologies such as YouTube, MySpace, Digg, Reddit and Meetup allowed average people to participate in the national debate in ways that were impossible just a few years earlier. These technologies were the difference between vested powers telling us, "Good evening. Here is the news," and people saying, "What’s going on? I’ll go find out, and share what I know with the rest of the world." The shift was one from people being passive consumers of news and opinion to them becoming active participants that challenge, question and create news and opinion.
This fundamental recognition of the revolutionary nature of the Internet is vital to understanding Ron Paul's tremendous online popularity. The Internet allows citizens to both broadcast their own opinions and interact directly with one another – quickly, cheaply, independently and without regard for physical distance – without a centralized intermediary.
In mulling his run, Dr. Paul was certain he would have support, but wasn’t sure how rich or deep it would be: "... when you talk dollar-wise, that is a different story because those individuals, groups and companies that have a special interest – the military industrial complex and other organizations – the Haliburtons of the world... this is high stakes politics for them."
The "other organizations" Dr. Paul was referring to no doubt included members of the old media. Mass media ownership is expensive. It requires tremendous capital investments in infrastructure (television studios, printing presses, distribution systems) to create and maintain. Above all, it represents and relies upon the status quo for its continued success. Programming is designed for a lowest common denominator in an effort to attract the widest possible audience. The result is sensationalism, high impact sound bites, and the oversimplification or non-coverage of complex issues. Old media characteristics do not play to the strengths of Ron Paul’s candidacy, but those of the new media are a perfect fit.
|Characteristics||New Media||Old Media|
|Examples||Internet, e-mail, blogs, forums, chat,MySpace, Meetup, YouTube, Google, Facebook||Radio, Cable & Broadcast TV, News shows, political talk shows, Newspapers, Newsmagazines,|
|Communication Method||One-to-one interaction or broadcast||Single message, lowest common denominator broadcast|
|Participation||Active participants||Passive consumers|
|Capital structure||Not capital intensive / Distributed capital||Capital intensive|
|Power structure||Distributed power||Centralized power|
|Content generation||User shaped & generated||Centralized programming|
|Profit structure||Not necessarily profit oriented||For profit / must turn a profit|
|Level of message control||Impossible to control||Easy to control|
The central issues that Dr. Paul had championed during his thirty years of service to the American people – freedom, liberty and limited government regulation – have been central to the Internet’s explosive growth. Dr. Paul has never voted to regulate the Internet, a major contributing factor to his solid, and growing online base. As a relatively new technology, the Internet remains mostly unregulated. Anyone with basic computer literacy can set up his or her own website or blog. No special permission from the government is required. There are no licenses to apply for, no proof of ID to show, no taxes to pay, no government forms to fill out. This has resulted in amazing expressions of creativity, and the emergence of completely new cultures and ways for individuals to interact with one another. Ron Paul, with his consistent message as the defender liberty was a natural online favorite.
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To be continued...
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