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H2O Man Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-30-08 09:24 AM
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18. Nominated, as this is
an important topic.

There is a story about an isolated tribe that finds an airplane. They do not know what it is. At first, they use it as for the comfortable chairs. Then someone learns to turn on the engine, and uses it for an automobile. But they do not recognize that it can fly. That is a good description of DU.

In early 2008, I started working on getting area college students to register to vote, and participate in the process. By nature, I tend to interact best with students on the progressive left. I used DU as a "learning tool," to illustrate how moderate/conservative democrats would visit a "neighborhood" when elections roll around, looking for votes.

More, I think that these students found a lot of interesting information from the progressive and liberal democrats on DU. It is a vehicle that helped transport ideas to a few groups of young people who are participating in their first national election. And I think that it is possible that DU can be used to fly to a higher lever, if we harness its potential between now and the election.
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  -A question for DUers? kentuck  May-30-08 07:59 AM   #0 
  - W/O DU we wouldn't have this...  lame54   May-30-08 08:01 AM   #1 
  - There is no reason to think that DU functions in any way to increase US political awareness.  Buzz Clik   May-30-08 08:02 AM   #2 
  - I remember feeling very isolated prior to finding DU  mdmc   May-30-08 08:04 AM   #3 
  - In and of itself, probably not so much...but everyone who voices dissent...  Echo In Light   May-30-08 08:06 AM   #4 
  - I agree...  kentuck   May-30-08 08:28 AM   #12 
  - I don't know about how DU's effect  waiting for hope   May-30-08 08:07 AM   #5 
  - DU makes a HUGE difference.  Octafish   May-30-08 08:12 AM   #6 
  - What are the most influential outlets for opinion and calls to action?  sharesunited   May-30-08 08:13 AM   #7 
  - You know, out of your list, I am not sure Drudge is considered just a scandal  EV_Ares   May-30-08 08:20 AM   #10 
     - Don't underestimate the bad guys. They poison. They persuade wrongly.  sharesunited   May-30-08 08:47 AM   #16 
  - No way of knowing but I would guess we are a certain niche in the political  EV_Ares   May-30-08 08:16 AM   #8 
  - It Makes A Difference To Those Who Need A Water Cooler...  KharmaTrain   May-30-08 08:18 AM   #9 
  - My take as well, you said it a little better than I did. I go to all those you  EV_Ares   May-30-08 08:24 AM   #11 
  - Yes  Time for change   May-30-08 08:29 AM   #13 
  - I was only registered Republic for all those years...  DCKit   May-30-08 11:50 AM   #19 
  - Well, the DNC did invite DU to the convention.  FSogol   May-30-08 08:31 AM   #14 
  - When Left Wing bloggers  jimshoes   May-30-08 08:32 AM   #15 
  - For me it has been very informative  CRK7376   May-30-08 08:51 AM   #17 
  - Nominated, as this is  H2O Man   May-30-08 09:24 AM   #18 

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