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Early Book Review: “Citizenville” by Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom – It’s “Angry Birds for Democracy” – I’m Srsly

Sunday, December 23rd, 2012

Oh, so Gavin Newsom “wrote” a book what’s due to be released early next year?

And the ghostwriter did so much work on it she gets her name on the cover too?  Delicious.

Enjoy:

Citizenville: How to Take the Town Square Digital and Reinvent Government

Now, here’s Gavin Newsom’s brief dalliance with San Francisco politics, in a nutshell:

Boasting about planting a bunch of trees but not caring about paying for taking care of the trees he planted.

Multiply that by 1000 and that was what he accomplished here.

So it’s a little humorous to read the blurb below about how great Mayor Gavin Newsom was, you know, when he was here.

Of course, he moved on up to Marin County with his kids a few years back.

Hey, remember this from 2007?

“…a quote from @GavinNewsom, speaking to SF parents in 2007: “Please stay in SF and don’t move to Marin!”

What a jackass.

Anyway, here it is.

(Please note the critique of the Willie Brown administration.)

(And note the nonsensical Angry Birds reference.)

(And note the claim of “amazing results.”)

“By integrating democratic government with cutting-edge American innovation, the lieutenant governor of California charts a bright future for open-source America

Citizenville is the story of how ordinary citizens can use new digital tools to dissolve political gridlock and transform American democracy. As social networking and smart phones have changed the way we communicate with one another, these technologies are also changing our relationship with government.

In a world where people can do anything at the touch of a button—shop, communicate, do research, publish a blog, transfer money—government cannot keep functioning in a twentieth-century mind-set. Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom explores the many ways in which technology can transform government and empower citizens: Opening up vast troves of government data, then letting people create apps to use them wisely. Harnessing the popularity of online games to establish a kind of “Angry Birds for Democracy.” Inventing new feedback loops so people can take active part in every facet of governing.

Drawing on wide-ranging interviews with thinkers and politicians, Citizenville is the first book by Lieutenant Governor Newsom. He broke new ground as the mayor of San Francisco, one of the most high-tech, experimental, and progressive municipalities in the nation. But when Newsom’s tenure as mayor began, he found that San Francisco was behind the likes of Estonia and South Korea in terms of digital governance. Newsom’s quest to modernize one of America’s most modern cities—and the amazing results he achieves—form the backbone of this far-reaching book.

Lieutenant Governor Newsom explains how the problems of twenty-first-century America are too big and too expensive for the government simply to buy solutions. Instead, we must innovate our way out. Just as the post office and the highway system provide public infrastructure to channel both personal and private enterprise—a platform upon which citizens can grow—so too could a modern digital government house the needs, concerns, information, and collaboration of an enlightened digital citizenry.

Citizenville shows that the only way Americans can secure their future is by reinventing their relationship to government, just as they have countless times before.”

Here’s the cover:

And here’s the early review: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

On It Goes…

Obsolete Bookstores Have a Good Cry Over “Pottermore,” Author JK Rowling’s New Harry Potter Joint

Friday, June 24th, 2011

Remember those Harry Potter midnight bookstore parties back in the day? I don’t, personally, but I understand that a good time was had by all.

But the book series is over, so it’s time to move on. Move on to Pottermore, where you can get more Potter.

Now what’s that, do I hear the After All I’ve Done For You card being played? Yes I do:

We’re… disappointed that, having been a key factor in the growth of the Harry Potter phenomenon since the first book was published, the book trade is effectively banned from selling the long-awaited e-book editions,” he said.

But Life Goes On.

Oh well.

DODOcase? What a Stupid Name! And a Front-Loading Tricycle? What a Stupid Way to Do Marketing

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

You know what? I used to be in P.R.

Hurray!

What that means that I get to sit on my ass all day long and pass judgment on all those, those people (who are younger/cuter/smarter/more educated than I) what try to do P.R. or marketing or whathaveyou in the 415.

Like when they send me those pfd or pdf or whatever-they’re called files, you know those exotic things that you need special software to open, you know some program they probably make you pay for. Boy, that really grinds my gears!

Now, take the case of this new DODOcase company. Handmade cases for your iPads and Kindles ‘n stuff? How stupid! And this stupid tricycle thing? That’s stupid too! Doesn’t anybody know how to do things the right way, the way I used to do things?

Apparently not! How is this supposed to attract attention?

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Hey, did I mention I used to be in P.R.?