If the government were run like a business, what kind of business would it be? It’s easy enough to think of the President as CEO, and the Congress as the Board of Directors (kind of), but who would be the shareholders? The customers? How would this effect government employees? What would be the “product”?
Most importantly, where do citizens fit into this model?
This past weekend, the NPR program On the Media explored the question, “Does NPR have a liberal bias?” (I’ll let you listen for yourself to find the results.) Of course, the question of bias in the media is ever-present, never more so than during a Presidential election year. As acknowledged by the OTM piece, most charges of bias these days are expressed by conservatives against the mainstream (aka “corporate”) media, which the conservatives say have a “liberal bias”. Some, like Senator Rick Santorum, take it even further, proclaiming that “the media will never be on our side.”
But is it really bias that’s the issue? Or just a different approach to viewing, and discussing, the world.
Stories earlier this week about President-elect Barack Obama and his Blackberry got me thinking about how our elected leaders and their staffs are (or not) using the potential of “stuff 2.0” (“stuff” = “web”, “enterprise”, “KM”, etc) in the execution of their duties.
For example: It used to make sense for Senators and Congressmen to basically live in Washington, DC and go back to their home districts on occasion; after all, they have to be present in order to vote. But does that still make sense?
With the technology available for collaboration, and the security of PKI and other technologies to support digital voting, why not flip that around? Set up your main base in your home state / district and travel to Washington, DC for special occassions.