20th Century finally ends
I want to congratulate all my American friends on the inauguration of Obama!
For me, the thing that decisively signals a split between old-style politics and something new, is President Obama's reluctance to give up his blackberry. In retrospect, it's astounding that someone in such a position should not have personal access to instant messaging of this kind. It suggests that there are always filters around the president--i.e. that someone else is filtering his view of reality--and limiting his ability to act. The presence of 21st century tools in the White House would be highly significant; as I wrote in Lady of Mazes, "technology is legislation." Technologies like instant messaging are likely to have a profound impact on process that, at least in the near term, is almost certainly going to be attributed to other causes.
The fact is that you haven't just elected a president. If he gets to keep it, then you've also elected a blackberry; and nobody yet knows what that is going to mean.