Smart Mobs and the 2008 Presidential Election

Dunn Brothers Coffee in Eden Prairie, MN (click for larger view)

This photo is one I *just* snapped on my iPhone and emailed to my blog (a super secret email address let’s me simply email it and it goes live immediately). It’s my favorite coffee shop in an old historic farmhouse (with fast Wifi too!).

What I’ve been thinking about is the upcoming 2008 Republican convention right here in Minneapolis and what millions of iPhones in the hands of bloggers and social nerworkers will mean to the capture and delivery of news about the convention. Moblogging (mobile blogging) with this phone is easier than any smartphone I’ve ever used previously and thus will accelerate the number of people able to do it.

Add to it instant moblogging live streaming video (e.g. uStream) and the amount of real-time perspective will be staggering — and healthy as hell for our democracy which has been under the shadow of a super secret administration for seven years.

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