Matthew Taylor’s comments on blogs have been widely reported and commented upon, all pretty much as a result of the way the BBC reported the issue – as far as I can tell.
Anyway David, who was there on the day, seems to have taken something a bit different from the presentation than the bloggers who weren’t.
He also took some video where Matthew Taylor sets out his argument, much of which I buy.
So far blogging has had more impact on mainstream consciousness when it holds politicians to account than when it tries the more mundane tasks of increasing participation in the democratic discussion.
That doesn’t mean to say that some of that quieter stuff isn’t going on. Take for example the debates I’ve had with people like Max and the Lone Ranger over the last few years; where we’ve – from time to time – acknowleged each others points as having legitimacy and I hope shown that things are rarely black and white in politics.
I wonder if the people who are currently behind the campaign against the Lewisham Gateway were a bit more Web 2.0 they might have a similar conversation with Kate and others who are on the housing list about the need for additional housing in Lewisham? Perhaps if the council itself were a bit more Web 2.0 officers and politicians could contribute and facilitate it.