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It's not off-topic, it's about blogs, right? One problem in Europe is the language divide, it's part of what's keeping people from talking to each other more. So basically, if you want to organise a Europe-wide grassroots campaign against anything, you'll have to do it in multiple languages. This means that traditional websites have the edge over blogs.

Personally I can write somewhat flawlessly in two languages (English and Dutch), and my German writing is serviceable. French I have trouble enough reading, and that covers it. I can understand about 50% of Europe's population and address about a third in their native language. There will be exceptions, but generally it doesn't get better.

Kos is a bit too chaotic for me to read, but I'm impressed by what the community has accomplished in terms of political organising, raising funds for candidates and getting Senators to write diaries. I was also impressed by the kind of organising that Josh Marshall did on TPM around social security, a kind of collaborative activist journalism.

The only succesful internet organising that took place on the EU level was the campaign around software patents, and that campaign mainly used a number of traditional sites, translated in many languages (see nosoftwarepatents.com). Still, there is potential for this site, and it does exciting things, like taking part in the consultation on biofuels. That's a big step.

by nanne (zwaerdenmaecker@gmail.com) on Sat Aug 26th, 2006 at 07:45:42 AM EST
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