Current Reading: Citizenville

Imagine what local government would look like if citizens cared about their hometown with the same fervor as their Farmville?

That is the thesis of Gavin Newsom’s Citizenville. He crafts his book under the belief that ordinary citizens can use new digital tools to make democracy not only efficient, but also more participatory than ever before.

As social networking and smart phones have changed the way we gather news, share information, and communicate, shouldn’t these technologies also change our relationship with our government?

I am wildly impressed with Newsom’s theories and very interested in seeing them come to fruition. I highly suggest this book to fellow journalists, political junkies, and community activists.

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