Saturday, October 01, 2005

Dear CDP Webmaster

Is it too much to ask for things like - oh say - the schedule for tomorrow's meeting to be posted on the CDP website? If it's there, it eludes me, and I like to think I'm at least marginally savvy at finding these things. And, frankly, if it is there and it's this hard to find, then it doesn't really matter if it's there at all, does it?

Sigh.

5 comments:

Varoon Modak said...

Yeah, I emailed them three times about updating their link to the CCD website - no response.

cd said...

I think they should hire you, Varoon. We'd all be way better informed!

Matt said...

I e-mailed twice about adding a link to a Democratic club in Oakland, and never got a response. This seems to be the usual MO of the CDP.

After the last Convention, it was like pulling teeth getting the party to post the resolutions on its website. And when they relented, they ended up posting them very deeply on the website, so that very few casual visitors would find it.

To some degree these issues reflect the fact that the CDP does not have a strong communications apparatus per se. It relies on candidates or electeds to communicate to voters and constituents. Even the blogs on the CDP website show very little desire to engage in two-way communication with the grassroots or any desire to provide information that might empowered them. Notice, for example, that the party as such has been largely silent regarding the AD Committee restructuring and other important bylaw changes.

But, as I alluded to above, the amount of, type, and quality of information provided by the CDP also relates to fundamental power-dynamics. Although it is somewhat trite, the saying "Knowledge is Power" is apt in this situation.

Cstrait said...

Everybody sing... La Rouche, La Rouche, La Rouche is on fire...
I think there is always a fear of moles or crazy cults

cd said...

there's security and then there's paranoia. when your members can't find basic information - that's a problem.

perhaps some better local control to keep La Roucheies from being elected would make the "password" protected, members-only ares of the site have, i dunno, like, a point.

why have a website at all if it doesn't give you any information?