Monday, November 5, 2007

The tubes have Jim Ryun!

The Politico reported earlier today, and I just had to re-post it here, that Jim Ryun has seen a groundswell of support unlike any seen anywhere else in the race against Congresswoman Nancy Boyda: His fervent followers have made him a feature, albeit without consent, on an online community "outside of reality" called Second Life. (10 million people globally living "virtual lives" in an online, 3-D world).

Though, to be clear, they say it isn't associated with the campaign, they say they didn't know it was there, and that, frankly, they're as freaked out about it as I am.

Ryun’s campaign spokeswoman was downright wary. “We don’t condone or support it. I don’t think we’re going to look at it anytime soon,” said Jackie Harrison. “It’s intense. You have to download something.”
While I won't fault Ms. Harrison or the Ryun team for being hesitant to approach Second Life as a primary part of Ryun's comeback tour, the article makes a compelling case for expanding resources into more online networking. I mean, heck, this blog has nearly 200 friends on Facebook, so it can't be very hard.

But, well, we expect Democrats to be on the cutting edge of technology and we expect them to know how to use the Internets to their advantage- does it surprise anyone Republicans like Jim Ryun and Lynn Jenkins fall desperately behind?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

That's all you could post this morning? Nothing on getting your 10 readers fired up about Pelosi coming in for Boyda?

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