The One Where I Introduce Myself
by Nancy Scola, Fri Dec 15, 2006 at 12:42:04 PM EST
Thanks to the whole MyDD crew for inviting me in and to the political world at large for making sure no real newsoccurred on my first day. Helpful. By way of brief personal background -- until recently, I was on staff with former Virginia governor Mark Warner. And before that, I spent just under five years on Capitol Hill under Rep. Henry Waxman in his Government Reform Committee office. Now relocated to Brooklyn, I'm shifting a bit from day-to-day electoral politics to hands-on creative work: writing, editing, taking pictures and experimenting with other visual media, and hopefully doing some filmmaking. That's the plan, at least.
As a weekend blogger at MyDD, here are a few of the topics I'll likely tackle: what's wrong and what's right with the American political system; labor, past and present; building the progressive movement; gay people and other gay things; and legislative goings-ons around technology, information, and the media. I’ll probably bag on Congress some, thought that's sometimes like shooting fish in a barrel. (During the network neutrality debate, Vint Cerf -- the creator of the TCP/IP protocols on which the Internet runs -- found the state of tech understanding in DC so dismal that he was considering making a comic book on the global network and handing it out on Capitol Hill. It might be time to consider a similar approach to explaining Sunni, Shi'ite, and Hezbollah. Featuring a map o' the Middle East for good measure.)
I'd like to explore how we can win hearts and minds and shore up weak opinions, strongly held by creating progressive narratives. I’ll mostly leave numbers and stats to Chris and others. And I'd like to experiment with video.
It's an honor and privilege to be here. And yes, I am Jerome Armstrong.