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1/24/2016 7:47:05 PM
Posted: 10 months ago
Most notably, I see the Sanders for President subreddit, and there seems to be a fair deal of organizing going on for grassroots volunteering. That of course raises the question 'Can the subreddit actually make an impact?'
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1/24/2016 7:49:31 PM
Posted: 10 months ago
At 1/24/2016 7:47:05 PM, daytonanerd wrote:
Most notably, I see the Sanders for President subreddit, and there seems to be a fair deal of organizing going on for grassroots volunteering. That of course raises the question 'Can the subreddit actually make an impact?'

Well its certain it can have an impact, but whether it can make one big enough to actually influence a state election in a primary race is the real question.
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1/24/2016 7:53:07 PM
Posted: 10 months ago
At 1/24/2016 7:49:31 PM, imabench wrote:
At 1/24/2016 7:47:05 PM, daytonanerd wrote:
Most notably, I see the Sanders for President subreddit, and there seems to be a fair deal of organizing going on for grassroots volunteering. That of course raises the question 'Can the subreddit actually make an impact?'

Well its certain it can have an impact, but whether it can make one big enough to actually influence a state election in a primary race is the real question.

It probably could in states that are decided by the thousands.
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1/24/2016 7:59:59 PM
Posted: 10 months ago
At 1/24/2016 7:53:07 PM, 1harderthanyouthink wrote:
At 1/24/2016 7:49:31 PM, imabench wrote:
At 1/24/2016 7:47:05 PM, daytonanerd wrote:
Most notably, I see the Sanders for President subreddit, and there seems to be a fair deal of organizing going on for grassroots volunteering. That of course raises the question 'Can the subreddit actually make an impact?'

Well its certain it can have an impact, but whether it can make one big enough to actually influence a state election in a primary race is the real question.

It probably could in states that are decided by the thousands.

Well, I think it may depend on how many subscribers are actually actively volunteering and contributing, and how effective they are at it.

Let's say only 1%(Lowballing, here) of subscribers are actively volunteering. With a subreddit of 150,000 subscribers, that makes 1,500 volunteers. Then, you have to consider the tasks most of them are doing, which is phonebanking, calling out potential voters to gauge their interests in the early primary states. Of course, those volunteers who are located within or near early states will have the opportunity to canvas in person, which would be the most effective way to get out voters.
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1/24/2016 8:12:42 PM
Posted: 10 months ago
At 1/24/2016 7:59:59 PM, daytonanerd wrote:
At 1/24/2016 7:53:07 PM, 1harderthanyouthink wrote:
At 1/24/2016 7:49:31 PM, imabench wrote:
At 1/24/2016 7:47:05 PM, daytonanerd wrote:
Most notably, I see the Sanders for President subreddit, and there seems to be a fair deal of organizing going on for grassroots volunteering. That of course raises the question 'Can the subreddit actually make an impact?'

Well its certain it can have an impact, but whether it can make one big enough to actually influence a state election in a primary race is the real question.

It probably could in states that are decided by the thousands.

Well, I think it may depend on how many subscribers are actually actively volunteering and contributing, and how effective they are at it.

Let's say only 1%(Lowballing, here) of subscribers are actively volunteering. With a subreddit of 150,000 subscribers, that makes 1,500 volunteers. Then, you have to consider the tasks most of them are doing, which is phonebanking, calling out potential voters to gauge their interests in the early primary states. Of course, those volunteers who are located within or near early states will have the opportunity to canvas in person, which would be the most effective way to get out voters.

Those 1,500 volunteers though would be spread out all over the place, and a chunk of them might even be just fans of Bernie who are overseas in Europe or elsewhere like Canada.... Since most of them are also likely to be in states that dont have Early primary contests, that overall number of 1500 possible volunteers would be watered down to a couple dozen in each state

This is also assuming those 1500 are actual volunteers and not just promising to donate to the campaign as well....
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1/25/2016 2:28:19 AM
Posted: 10 months ago
At 1/24/2016 8:38:39 PM, EndarkenedRationalist wrote:
That's a scary thought.

Is it? Or is this a modern advancement in political involvement?
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1/25/2016 2:38:01 AM
Posted: 10 months ago
At 1/25/2016 2:28:19 AM, daytonanerd wrote:
At 1/24/2016 8:38:39 PM, EndarkenedRationalist wrote:
That's a scary thought.

Is it? Or is this a modern advancement in political involvement?

I think without the internet in general, Bernie would never have gained enough support as he has. The mainstream media ignored him for a long time to focus on the shine object that makes money for them (Trump), all the pundits didn't take him seriously for a long time, the DWS rigged the debate schedules.
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1/25/2016 2:39:34 AM
Posted: 10 months ago
At 1/25/2016 2:28:19 AM, daytonanerd wrote:
At 1/24/2016 8:38:39 PM, EndarkenedRationalist wrote:
That's a scary thought.

Is it? Or is this a modern advancement in political involvement?

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1/25/2016 2:40:19 AM
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At 1/24/2016 8:38:39 PM, EndarkenedRationalist wrote:
That's a scary thought.

lol
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