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Re: [openny] Follow up from last night's meetup

From: noel h.
Sent on: Thursday, October 21, 2010 10:52 AM
eric, that is a damn good question. as a supporter of Rev. Billy's
Mayoral campaign, I was more than happy to engage in political
theater. yet, with the Governors debate, there was too much theater. I
think there's a happy medium, and it begins with more debates not less
AND it needs to include more public engagement than a curated body
asking questions.

maybe we should do 10 questions for nyc races. we have the digital
infrastructure, let us use it.



On Wed, Oct 20, 2010 at 6:19 PM, Eric Friedman
<[address removed]> wrote:
> Thanks, Noel-- ��good job putting together the program and opening up this
> conversation.
> I actually have a (perhaps random) question for the group about the events
> we missed the other night--the governor's debate ran concurrently with the
> meetup, but as people who are generally interested in politics and
> government I imagine a few folks have seen some of the coverage.
> ��Understanding that all the principals (Cuomo, Paladino, etc) had to agree
> to be there--I think one or more of the candidates insisted on this
> format--there are two sides if you think of it as a policy question.
> 1: the folks invited to the debate all earned a place on the ballot under��NY
> State election law, and as such they absolutely deserved access to this
> public platform.
> 2: opening up the debate to all the candidates actually drowned out the the
> information that would be most useful to voters, resulting in chaos/data
> overload.
> Which is more persuasive?
> This is not at all a technology question, but I think it has open
> government/open data implications if you think about the way that voters get
> information about the political process. ��(I don't think this is completely
> off base...) ��This was a private event, but the candidates who agreed on the
> terms are hoping to be governor. ��It also has resonance on the local level;
> my agency administers debates in City elections, with minimum threshold
> financial criteria that candidates must meet before they are invited-- to
> ensure only viable candidates attend, which (hopefully) presents the most
> useful debates to the public:��http://www.nyccfb...­
> People may or may not have thoughts on the spectacle that is Jimmy McMillan
> if you consider him as a public policy issue... but I've been trying to sort
> through my own thoughts on this and was curious for the opinions of this
> group-- many thanks-- E

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