As Internet technology readies for its unprecedented step onto the political stage, a Mount Pleasant man hopes to start a digital revolution of his own.
Just days before Monday's Democratic presidential debate in Charleston, Sean McCambridge announced the creation of a new political Web site, www.policosmos.com, that he hopes will catch on.
The Web site's appeal? A nonpartisan forum that offers Internet users a chance to come together to network, debate and share data.
McCambridge, a 28-year-old freelance Web designer and developer, hopes the site will find its own niche among established Internet networking sites such as MySpace and Facebook.
"There has to be a way to bring politics back to the people," McCambridge said. "We think there is a power in bringing people together that can have as much as or even more of an impact than dollars."
He runs the new Web site, www.policosmos.com, on his laptop from home, the coffee shop or wherever he happens to be logged on.
McCambridge said political voices on TV often come from the far right or far left to maximize conflict. "Most of us are closer to the middle, and the issues are so complex that I think it's a moral failure to portray things in such a black-and-white way. We are a country of so many voices."
The Web site offers politicians and others a chance to create profiles detailing their political views. It keeps a tally of all members' top issues. Members can keep a blog, befriend other members, endorse politicians and discuss issues.
While it's unclear if policosmos will ever make it big, no one need look further than The Citadel Monday night to see how the Internet is changing the presidential race. The Democratic presidential debate, to be televised live on CNN from 7-9 p.m., will feature questions posed by people creating videos and submitting them to the Web site YouTube.