Saturday, May 3, 2008

PurpleSlog on the Strategic Citizen

PurpleSlog has three posts on the strategic citizen that are worth checking out including this working definition which works for me:

Ordinary individuals and/or Super-Empowered Individuals who
successfully make use of any of the technological, socio, economic, or political domains to have a strategic impact on the world.

I think that the key to the strategic citizen idea is that we citizens no longer have to passively defer to government professionals but rather that we have the means to act on our own initiative in certain areas, such as strategic communication. In fact a decentralized, leaderless, complex self-organizing movement of citizens may prove to be far superior at waging the war of ideas than the centralized, large, unwieldy government bureaucracy that is now charged with that task.

4 comments:

Cannoneer No. 4 said...

Counterinsurgent Supportive Communicators have to fight the Culture War and the Cold Civil War in America to get their messages past the Insurgent Supportive Communicators who control so much of the vocabulary and media. Insurgent Supportive Communicators are powerful operatives of one major American political party’s agit-prop al-Sahab apparat. The political appointees, career bureaucrats, career officers, and contracted ex-career officers who get paid tax money to be Regular Counterinsurgent Supportive Communicators can’t/won’t/don’t want to deal with the consequences of admitting their own impotence to defend the Constitution of the United States from domestic enemies, and are not particularly appreciative of Irregulars who mention the unmentionable.

Irregular Strategic Citizen Counterinsurgent Supportive Communicators beyond the reach of retribution are the only people free to speak.

phil said...

Well I just spent 30 minutes writing a response to your comment only to get a "not connected to the internet" message and losing it into neverland. So let me sum up by saying that I agree with you. My other comment was better but this will have to do; I'm pissed and I need a beer.

Cannoneer No. 4 said...

Strategic Citizens are now empowered with Blogging Tools they never had before.

phil said...

Hey Cannoneer, thanks for the link. I'm in the middle of a ten day week at my new job and so may not get a chance to check it out until next weekend. Take care...