This was originally posted on my Think profile
for Street Team '08 at streetteam08.com
U.S. citizen youth vote for more than themselves, they vote for the betterment of others. When it comes to issues like income inequality, social stratification, the environment, human rights, and multilateral foreign policy, looking out for the people around us is high on our generation’s list of priorities. Voting altruism is a revolutionary idea. Voting selflessly, not selfishly, might even seem counterintuitive. But in a flat world strange things start to make a lot of sense.
taking the past week to research and reflect on a theme that should characterize my reporting over the next 11 months, I thought this whole concept of voting altruism might be a good one. That doesn't mean I'm setting it in stone.
The strength of new media and the whole web 2.0 movement is that there is that there is more knowledge in collaboration than I could ever hope to amass myself. Multiple voices and collective strength is the only thing that's going to make my task of covering Massachusetts youth alone even remotely possible.
Working together to seek truth means that everyone has to be generous with their feedback on my page, and that I have to be willing to listen and even admit when I'm wrong about something when different voices bring it up. My Think profile is an open book where Massachusetts youth can highlight the things that matter to them. Start writing.
I'll start by admitting that I've already made a mistake. On January 3 the Boston Herald quoted me saying, "I'm going to be a one man media outlet for Massachusetts youth." During my interview with the wonderful Jessica Heslam, I was trying to allude to the fact that Street Team members will be producing multiple types of media: visual, audio, and written.
While it's probably not a big deal, I just want to state for the record that I didn't mean to portray myself as the voice for Massachusetts youth. In