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DPAD: Facebook as Corporate Overlords?

Everything moves faster on the Internet. Including, apparently, the time between being cool and being a boring corporate type. Huffington Post reports that Facebook has gone from the former to the latter in six short years. Read all about in today's Reading List.

Reading List

Webinar Video Now Online: ‘Putting the Web to Work for Elections & Advocacy’ by Colin Delany (ePolitics): “Our friends over at Salsa have been kind enough to put last week’s “Campaigning in 2012″ webinar online, with the audio and the slideshow combined into a single YouTube video. After a couple of minutes of intro and some quick promo of the “Winning in 2012″ e-book (which was the foundation of much of the talk), we plunge into about 25 minutes of presentation followed by a lively Q&A — the questions were excellent!”

Facebook Is Officially 'The Man,' According To The Internet by Bianca Bosker (Huffington Post): “Facebook, the Silicon Valley rebel that rebuffed Yahoo's 10-figure check, broke rules, and had the audacity to imagine itself taking over the web, has officially completed its transition from ‘cool’ to ‘corporate’ in the eyes of the Internet. That's a stark contrast with Facebook's own messaging -- the social network prides itself on embracing the ‘hacker way’ -- and it underscores a new challenge for the company. Facebook's inauguration into the elite country club reserved for corporate overlords doesn't mean people will stop using Facebook. But it suggests we don't like that we use Facebook, which is a dangerous thing.”

As Controversial Cybersecurity Legislation Moves Through House, Activists Make a Quiet Start by Sarah Lai Stirland (techPresident): “The growing Internet citizenry is using sarcasm, wit and Twitter to draw attention to a controversial cybersecurity bill. An Internet-wide protest campaign launched Monday against a controversial piece of cybersecurity legislation got off to a relatively quiet start this week. The campaign against the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, H.R. 3523, was organized by many of the same activist groups that helped coordinate massive protests against the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) in January. But with many tech companies and platform providers in support of the legislation, groups who were key allies for activists then — when sites like Wikipedia, the Cheezburger Network, Reddit and others blacked out their sites in protest — have not become vocal.”

Online Advocacy Ads

Obama For America sponsors an ad on the popular personal finance blog The Simple Dollar tying presidential candidate Mitt Romney to “Big Oil.”

The Hill features an ad from CTIA – The Wireless Association offering a “look inside the wireless mind.”

The Daily Kos promotes a contest by Obama For America for viewers of the ad to “Enter to Win Dinner with Barack.” The sign-up page notes that entries will be accepted through June 30, 2012 and that three winners will be drawn.

Email Newsletter Round Up

Richard L. Trumka of AFL-CIO asks Is one CEO really worth 380 workers?” The email states: “check out the new AFL-CIO Executive PayWatch website—this year’s version is called CEO Pay and the 99%. It’s your one-stop shop for the most recent information on out-of-control CEO pay and what you can do to stop it. Go to www.PayWatch.org now to search through our updated database on CEO pay, compare your pay with CEOs in your state and across the country and share the shocking results with your friends and family.”

The Heritage Foundation offers “Morning Bell: The Governing Class and Us.” It highlights President Barack Obama’s speech in Ohio yesterday and notes that he: “delivered a politically charged speech in which he hearkened back to the country's roots, saying that his opponents ‘don't seem to remember how America was built.’ In his view, taxpayers want their money spent in ways that will help further ‘the larger project we call America.’ In other words, more spending and bigger government paid for with higher taxes.”

A newsletter from the Family Research Council takes issue with last January’s recess appointments by President Obama. The piece, titled “Debating Appoint of View,” states: “After weighing their options for the past four months, Republican Senators have decided to settle the issue in court. ... Although several groups have sued over the President's ‘recess’ appointments, the GOP opted to join a case in Washington State that involves a family-owned business.”

ThinkProgress War Room sends out its thoughts on “Speaker Boehner v. The Bishops.” It begins: “Boehner Says the Bishops Just Don’t Get It - As you may recall, Republicans recently held up the Catholic Bishops as the ultimate moral authorities in the country, at least when it came to their mutual commitment to limiting access to birth control. Now, however, when it comes to another important part of Catholic teachings — caring for the needy among us — House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) isn’t so eager to follow the Bishops’ advice.”

David Avella sends out his group’s “The GOPAC Newsletter.” The email states in part: “it is important to remember that our citizens can affect positive change so that Americans are not forced to continue paying higher taxes to support wasteful government spending. ... In GOPAC's "Six Goals to Create Jobs and Opportunity" the first goal for all aspiring leaders is to create a fiscally responsible government. This means lowering taxes, implementing a sensible and broad-based tax system, balancing the budget, and eliminating the corporate welfare that props up failing private companies and industries.”

Gene Karpinski of the League of Conservation Voters Action Fund sends out a fundraising email proposes that “Friend, the choice couldn't be starker.” It urges readers to “Contribute today to re-elect President Obama. He’s fought for clean energy and clean air. Now it’s time for us to fight for him.”

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