Democracy depends on lowering the barriers to becoming informed.
Although blogs are a great resource for the wonky, policy-making elite, their real power lies in their ability to provide broad overviews of the issues at stake and quick links for citizen activists.
I'd like to hope that I personally made a difference in that Hillhouse classroom, but in the best-case scenario, my most powerful contribution to the students wasn't anything I said. Before the students filed out, they all wrote down the url for www.aclu.org/standup, a resource for young activists.
Making change happen requires two things, getting data and getting angry.
Also: Thomas Jefferson on Education.