An Old Name, A New Idea [8:03 am]
Garcia, who’s studying politics at Harvard, is living in a tech-savvy, hyper-connected world in which a monsoon of political information rains down on her each day. Four years ago, it was all about blogging, e-mail chains and MeetUp groups. Now add YouTube, Facebook and MySpace, each with its own political hub, and Garcia, already an overstuffed info consumer, faces a perplexing online gumbo. Where to go? What to read? Whom to trust?
On a recent evening inside Quincy House, one of the Harvard dorms, Garcia’s making her customary rounds on the Web — skimming through BBC.com (”My parents are from Argentina. I care a lot about Latin American news”), chatting with friends on Skype (”It’s an international thing. You can chat and make semi-free long-distance calls”) — but also checking out a new political site she heard about from friends: VoteGopher.com. It’s created by students for students, or anyone else curious about where candidates stand on the issues. It promises political literacy for young people trying to become educated voters.
Founded by a 20-year-old Harvard sophomore named Will Ruben, VoteGopher strives to focus comprehensively and authoritatively on issues facing the candidates, says Ruben. It’s a unique effort to fill an information void for young voters trying to connect with electoral politics.