Federal bureaucracy stands in way of wired presidency


Barack Obama’s use of the Internet during his campaign and transition has been so effective we’re all expecting him to transform Washington in the same way. But the federal government is a different beast than a campaign.

Guest: Evan Ratliff, Wired

2 Responses to “Federal bureaucracy stands in way of wired presidency”

  1. Stephen Marshall says:

    Hi. I want to listen to Future Tense. I want to work while I am listening. I want to not need to go back to my computer to select another three minute segment every three minutes. Can the segments be playlisted? Is there a reason you don’t have an “add to playlist” button as NPR does? Why do I need to navigate to a new page for a listen link? Why does Quick Time clear the home page and replace it when I click on “MP3”? Why can’t I stay on the home page while Quick time starts, without the extra clicks to select a new tab? Why can’t I click an MP3 link, and have Quick time start on a new tab, while I select some other links, which are then added to my playlist? These questions could all have answers, it could be possible to add multiple segments to a playlist, without clearing the homepage, But it’s not obvious to me!

    This laborious process for listening to Future Tense could be a manipulative contrivance to make readers spend extra time on the web site, but I prefer to think you wouldn’t do that.

    Perhaps the problem is that I am a complete newbie to your way of doing things. If that is the case, I would be very grateful if you put controls on the webpage, or instructions, because at this stage, listening is more work than it is worth.

  2. Jon Gordon says:


    Thanks for venting.

    The one thing I can guarantee is you are not experiencing a “manipulative contrivance.”

    I’ve directed your comments to the folks who are in charge of our Web stuff. You make some fine points. It often boils down to a lack of programming resources. At least that’s the way it looks to me.

    -Jon Gordon