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Screenplay idea: Man gets amnesia and reconstructs his life from blog comments he wrote. Short film -- he kills himself after 11 minutes.

jan 20
2009

Can Obama Really Reboot the White House?

The Wired Presidency: Can Obama Really Reboot the White House? Wired looks the various obstacles for opening up governance on the internet: a ban on endorsements could limit external links, all written communication must be stored so all previous versions of web pages must be archived, the first amendment might limit comment filters, etc. Update #1: WhiteHouse.gov has been updated (my side-by-side comparison photo went sorta viral), with a blog post on change. Update #2: Kottke notes the robots.txt change. Update #3: Change.gov is now shut down.

5 comments

Change.gov is still viewable via click-thru

posted by Andrew at 5:39 PM on January 20, 2009

I tweeted it when it had about 3 views, and then tweeted it @Hodgman, who tweeted it in turn.

Search this page for "coneee"
http://www.tweetmeme.com/river.php

That's the most traffic I've ever seen Twitter (indirectly or directly) send.

No-one else thought to take a pic before!

posted by Conrad Quilty-Harper at 2:03 AM on January 21, 2009

Actually, Change.gov is still working. If you see on the landing, page, there is a button that lets you continue past the front page to see the whole site. I've got a blog post on some of the changes as well here.

posted by John at 10:42 AM on January 21, 2009

The thing that kottke misses to point out is that the robots.txt file on whitehouse.gov was [i]just as empty[/i] after Bush came to power.
http://web.archive.org/web/20010419161754/whitehouse.gov/robots.txt

Let's see how Obama's compares after 4/8 years.

posted by n0wak at 11:57 PM on January 21, 2009

I so very proud to be a human first, and then a Black woman. I love my God and belive the President Obama has been anointed to be the President of the United States.

I have never gone on line to make a comment about any issue, not that there has not been any that captured my interest, but I did not think it would make a difference.

But maybee somehow the President will have a chance to read this.

I'm a 49 year black single parent. I have work all my life and have raised my son with GOD first in our lives, strong values and morals that I feel will help him be a hard working man Godly Man that will take care of his family, love and teach them the same.

But I wounder how bright is his future, you see he will be attending college this year. I have worked so hard to get him to this point.

On Jan 9th I went to work and was laied off without any warning, I have no saving because it has taken all I can make to raise him. They gave me a two week severance. which was a joke.

But this is want I want to ask the President, Mr President Obama. I'm disable but have worked all my life and have be laid off 15 times in my career. Please dispose of the right to work law in Texas. This law gives us no rights. We can be fired anytime and for any reason. This is wrong, very unethical and gives workers no security. Please, Please change this law so that my son, all children and adults in Texas will have a better future.

I know you will make a change, Your already on the right path of doing so, and yes I will be praying for you everyday.

May God continue Bless and keep you and your family safe.

You are the chosen ONE by GOD, and by the People all over the world.

Jacklon Hicks

posted by Jacklon Hicks at 1:02 AM on February 3, 2009




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