Socialist Alliance

Socialist Alliance Brisbane: I've been working up the template options for a series of Socialist Alliance locality blogs. The major challenge isn't so much designing for bells and whistles but to also make them very user friendly for those who have limited web skills.

So it has to be blogging in the real world where posts are squeezed in between the confines of everyday political activity.

The best are Melbourne's and Brisbane's blogs.

I'm trying to get folk to utilize the slideshow option to showcase their events and activism and I'm exploring --as I suggested in an earlier post -- the RSS Calendar widget.

I do find it strange that so few on the left world wide aren't exploring the Web 2.0 potential like this. Theres' thsi disjunction between the Indymedia generation and today's radicals who (sometimes) use the web.There is a major sharing curve to negotiate and a need, I think, to recognise the utility of the web and have confidence in our collective ability to harness it in with a very mature reach out agenda. The major problem is disinterest primarily because the main tasks are everyday activity and organising, such that aside from email there's little attention to other ways and means to do stuff.

While it is a mistake to talk up the web as a panacea for so many political tasks as though its the very best next best thing there is some truth in what the web 2.0 pundits are arguing in way of the opportunity for a massive wave of user generated activity.

It's true that Murdoch , Google and co will snaffle the lions share of attention and focus and that 'old media' will simply remake itself in the new., but the web is nonetheless a great leveller and there are niches out there worth exploiting.

Here's an analysis of the present state of Web 2.0 processes and platforms: The Rise of the Participation Culture.

Food for thought although its a shallow overview.

Any feedback would be appreciated.