Email drowning congressmen

In recent years, organizations from Amnesty International to Dick Morris’ have offered insto-emailing to congressmen — just click here to “send a virtual postcard” to everyone in the Senate and House. Another way to revolutionize democracy, right?

Except now it appears that those key decision-makers are simply trashing that stuff. Many have turned to secure outside servers, enabled with XML-driven metadata, to ensure that the only email they read comes from constituents. Apparently a bunch of politicians have simply turned their external email addresses off and only get stuff from the services.

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I'm Clive Thompson, the author of Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better (Penguin Press). You can order the book now at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powells, Indiebound, or through your local bookstore! I'm also a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and a columnist for Wired magazine. Email is here or ping me via the antiquated form of AOL IM (pomeranian99).

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