2012: The Race Starts Now
BY Michael Tate | Monday, January 5 2009
We're still days into 2009, and now is the time to prepare for the epic interplay between tech and politics in the 2012 presidential cycle.
YouTube didn't exist for the 2004 presidential election, and Twitter barely made the cut for the 2008 presidential election. What kind of new viral tech tools will be used in 2012? We don't know. Unlike 2008, which had a primary for both Democrats and Republicans, 2012 may not be as fun, but will be faster and more tech savvy.
Here's what we can do to keep our skills sharp for 2012:
- Learn a programming language (Java or Python make great starts).
- Write an iPhone or Android app
- Read the classics from Joe McGinniss to Joe Trippi. (Don't forget rebooting america and catching up on Rasiej's and Sifry's summer reading list.)
- Relax with all the extra free time by playing World of Warcraft. (Even an Obama transition team member plays it.)
- Build a cutting edge computer rig that's faster than the future competition (Check out Intel's new Core i7 processors).
- Stay updated with the latest in technology: Ars Technica, Engadget, Gizmodo, PC Magazine, PC World, TechCrunch, Wired.
- Sharpen your saw. Take a course in communication at your local university or college. Grounding yourself in basic theory will help.
And, of course, keep reading techPresident.
The next presidential cycle will be a lot of work and a ton of fun. Jose Antonio Vargas noted: "The floodgates are open. This doesn't mean just hiring Web developers, bloggers, videographers -- the works. It also means using the Internet to invite people into the process, giving them something to work for, offering them a stake in victory or defeat."
Time to prepare.