19 Dec '11, 10pm

Farmer Calls on @Reddit to Help Him Protect 30,000 Acres of His Homeland from Fracking

Farmer Calls on @Reddit to Help Him Protect 30,000 Acres of His Homeland from Fracking

In an age when corporate interests routinely overpower ordinary citizens, ordinary citizens have had to become ever more resourceful to make their voices heard. And information technology, or course, is playing an increasingly large role in uniting and rallying those voices. We've seen this trend at work in the open source-style platform behind the Occupy Wall Street protests, which has received a boost from social network sites, live-streaming software, and digital forums that aid in organizing. Today, while browsing the popular social media site Reddit , I noticed yet another novel effort to harness a digital forum for the public good: A farmer in Colorado is calling on his fellow Redditors to help him halt a 30,000 acre offering to fracking companies. The Bureau of Land Management appears to be rushing the sale through the holiday season to avoid notice, and the Colorad...

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