Digital Democracy Comes of Age is a half-hour documentary based on the historic “YearlyKos” conference on progressive blogging that took place in Las Vegas from June 8-11, 2006. Produced by Link TV and David L. Brown Productions, the program captures the passionate and articulate voices of some of the country’s preeminent bloggers including DailyKos originator Markos Moulitsas Zuniga, pundit/blogger Arianna Huffington, cartoonist/ blogger Tom Tomorrow, Governor Howard Dean and Senators Harry Reid and Barbara Boxer.
Filmed at a time when the progressive blogosphere was facing a critical election, the program explores the significance, power and importance of this historic grassroots movement for “digital democracy,” a movement enjoying an empowered and inspiring coming-of-age celebration. The program examines the roots of the movement in frustration with mainstream media “spin” and how the movement has changed the way political campaigns are waged and how the truthfulness of mainstream journalism is evaluated. It features profiles of several blogs and bloggers who are especially popular, influential or fascinating, including the blog of 15-year- old Ava Lowery from Alabama whose progressive animation-based blog receives nearly a million visitors a week.
Among the scenes demonstrating the influence of the blogosphere will be excerpts of a remarkable panel on the CIA Leak Investigation featuring Ambassador Joseph Wilson and the principal bloggers who revealed much of the truth about the leak scandal.
Digital Democracy Comes of Age was made possible through the support of the Surdna Foundation, the Leland Fikes Foundation and Care2.com.