3... 2... 1... Blastoff!
Months in the making. Blood. Sweat. Tears.
But now we’re here and we are ready to ROCK!
Check out PoliticalCortex.com!!
But who are we? We’re Devilstower,
Carnacki, Sdf, Bill Hare, Drew Johnston, mcjoan, SusanG, Bob Kendall, Frederick Clarkson, NYBri, Btyarbro, Georgia10, Pontificator, Dood Abides, Myself, and the soon-to-be Cortex community!
Together we will fight against the forces of evil, and injustice
and for the progressive ideals of Jefferson, Adams, Paine, Madison, Allen,
These men founded a Progressive Nation. They were America ’s Founding
Fathers -- a group of the staunchest progressives in our nation's history --
men of enlightenment, ardent supporters of church/state separation with a fervent
passion for decentralization of power and freedom of expression. So too were
the founding documents they authored and the principles by which they acted.
In recent years, many Americans have come to forget these facts. Political Cortex
is here to remind them.
But we can’t do it alone. This will require the unified
voice of millions. And as that voice grows throughout the web and across the
nation, the Cortex will be here to offer new light and pioneering ways to augment
that collective voice.
To start, we’ve created this community as a Democracy – where “One
person = One Vote” actually applies. Where the Cortex community takes
center stage on the front page garnering equal time and space with the Founding
Cortex writers. And where higher thought and mutual respect will combine with
a culture of independent, investigative journalism to present a new paradigm
in online netroots media.
And if you’re wondering what makes us different from all the others,
join the crowd. It was a primary consideration when we put this project together.
The good news is that we think we’ve differentiated
ourselves in a way that will eventually augment and enhance the effectiveness
of the growing voice of the progressive web.
First, we’ve implemented a “Blog Democracy” via
a pioneering community editing and voting process unique to the political blogosphere.
Next, we’ve incorporated new and original features such
as Keyword Tags, advanced diary voting, and “Quick Posting”.
Also, we’ve removed the community from the periphery and placed
it center-stage on the front page.
And finally, we hope to foster a culture of journalistic Independence that
inspires a new generation of bold truth-seekers.
Right now, all that’s just a lot of hot air. It’s time to put
the proverbial money where our mouth is and make it happen. All it takes
is a bit of passion, desire, and motivation -- Throw in a half ton of moxie,
and your nearly there. But believe me, we assert these things with the greatest
Oh, we truly believe it can be done -- But we can’t do it without you.
We need to work together to turn vision into reality.
So please join us by It
only takes a few seconds, but the benefits will last a lifetime :)
Truly exciting times!
(Check out the list of features provided below the Recommended Reading to
get a glimpse of how you can involve yourself as a proud member of the Cortex
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:: This will get you started fast and easy – step-by-step
:: It’s big and it’s bold and it will answer many of your
most arcane questions. Give it a try!
If you still have questions after digesting all this (or
even before), by all means anytime!
Political Cortex is structured around a community software platform
called ‘Scoop’. Although you might have come across
some very impressive Scoop sites in the past, you’ve never come across
one quite like this. At the Cortex, we make you the star of the show. Sure,
we have an extremely talented group of core writers. But one of the primary
goals of the site is to give a much greater voice to the community – to
make YOU the star.
At the Cortex, you’re not limited to posting comments or creating diaries
as you are at most sites. Yes, we have those available to you as well, but
then we take it a step further -- offering an entire spectrum of features that
allow you to show-off your grand insights, observations, opinions, and analyses.
In fact, the entire central column on the front page is dedicated exclusively
to articles written by Cortex community members.
Blogocracy : Even more innovative is the Democratic nature
by which the community’s front-page submissions are decided. In essence,
you, the registered members of the Cortex Community, VOTE on which articles
you think should be posted to the front page.
Rest assured, however, that Voting ‘Yay’ or ‘Nay’ is
just the beginning. In brief, here are some of the things you can do as a registered
user (Each of these will be explained in detail the FAQ):
Submit your Writing : You can submit your personally authored
articles to the voting queue and possibly have your work displayed prominently
on the front page.
Vote on Submissions : You can vote on others’ article
Enroll in Blogosphere Writing 101, 201, and 301 (advanced studies) :
You can submit your articles and diaries to the ‘editing queue’ where
you will receive the invaluable editorial feedback of the community. Yes they
will criticize your work, but we cannot stress enough how valuable this process
is for both ensuring top-quality writing on the front page AND serving as a
training and proving ground for would-be progressive political journalists,
writers, and bloggers. This is the place to go if you REALLY want to know what
works when it comes to writing for the people.
Write Diaries : You can write ‘diaries’. They
aren’t really diaries in the ‘dear diary’ sense of the word,
they’re more like ‘journals’ in the ‘I keep a journal’ sense.
Recommend Other’s Diaries : You can ‘recommend’ others’ diaries
and likewise have your diaries ‘recommended’ by others. ‘Recommends’ are
another sort of community vote that can potentially ‘raise’ your
diaries from the ‘Recent Diaries’ section to the more prominent ‘Recommended’ Diaries
Breaking News and Quick Posts : You can write ‘Quick
Posts’ for the ‘Nerve Center’. These are breaking news items
and otherwise brief posts with only a touch of commentary, and an excerpt and
a link to the story. No one will give you a hard time here if your post is ‘too
short’. That’s what the ‘Quick post’ is for. It keeps
the pulse of the political and breaking news world – the first place
you should go when something is happening. That’s why we named this section
the ‘Nerve Center’.
Post Comments : You can post comments in any story, diary,
or quick post
Reply to Comments : You can reply to specific comments and
the author of the original comment will be notified that you did.
Rate Comments : You can rate others comments based on what
you feel they add to the conversation -- and your comments will be rated by
others as well.
Become a ‘Trusted User’ : You can build up ‘Mojo’ and
receive ‘Trusted User’ Status which essentially rewards you with
a warm, fuzzy sense of communal respect. It also give you increased power to
rate others’ comments more forcefully.
Mailing List – Newsletter : You can receive the ‘Cortex
Digest’ Daily, Weekly, or Monthly via email. The newsletter delivers
a summary of headlines and excerpts that appear on the Cortex front page to
keep you up to date no matter where you are.
Identity : You get your own Username. Have you ever wanted
to be ‘Superman’, ‘Mother Nature’, or ‘Hugh Jass’?
Now’s your chance. Get ‘em while you can.
‘Hotlist’ Bookmarks : You can bookmark stories
and check back to redress an ongoing discussion.
Subscribe : You can ‘subscribe’ to your favorite
Cortex writers and receive alerts whenever they post something new.
Discussion Alerts : You can be alerted whenever someone
responds to your comments, keeping you in the thick of any ongoing conversation.
So why not go ? It’ll only take a moment and the Cortex Community
will welcome you with open arms!
Again, Welcome to Political Cortex!