Nader Still Buffering ... Buffering ...

Seeing Internet as 'a snare and a delusion' surely won't help independent's candidacy
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 28, 2008 2:19 PM CST
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(Newser) – Ralph Nader might seem like just the crusader to milk the Internet for all its movement-building potential, but, Andrew Rasiej and Micah L. Sifry write in Politico, his “self-defeating attitude” toward the web is likely to keep him on the sidelines. The third-party presidential hopeful claims his “Internet-literate associates” are working on a great campaign site, but indications are to the contrary.

Asked about online activism last year, Nader said, “as a mechanism of actually getting people to do something … it’s still significantly a snare and an illusion.” He also called Facebook “sort of narcissistic” and added, “young people today spend too much time listening to music.” Nader won’t get off the ground, Rasiej and Sifry conclude, if he can’t log on to the 21st century.