All of these discussions are premised on an absurd notion of the time required for large societies to adapt to change. If the success metric for new media and government transparency is, “Has it changed the Universe in the 24 hours since it was introduced?”, then of course new media and transparency will “fail.” This is precisely equivalent to sitting around in 1909 dissing Henry Ford for the idiocy of producing the Model T.
The tech doesn’t care what we think of it. The initiatives made possible by the tech cannot be held to an arbitrary standard of “success.” It will take as long as it takes. It will take a lot less time if government wakes up and moves this conversation out of the “Gov 2.0” ghetto and into the real world. You know–the one that citizens live in.
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