The organization I selected was CommonDreams.org. It is a national non-profit, nonpartisan citizen’s organizations founded in 1997. The organization described its jobs as a) “We use the latest technology to bring the progressive community together online”, b) “We create political organizing tools and new models for Internet activism”, and c) “We publish breaking news from a progressive perspective. And the latest ideas and opinions of some of the world’s best progressive writers and activists.” CommonDreams.org cares about a wide range of issues, such as healthcare, economy, education, courts, infrastructure, and environment.
Some significant differences in the content of the two websites:
Some benefits that MoveOn has provided to its members were identified through personal interviews by Rohlinger and Brown (2009) as “feel less alone”, “a particular kind of free space, one where they could exercise their democratic rights and responsibilities”, “challenge the status quo and reconnect with political processes”, and making people more interested in “getting out there”. I feel that most of the benefits could be also applied to the members of CommonDream, because the organization encourages people to get together writing and talking about political issues on its online platform. The organization also has its own newswire and RSS feed which can to some extent reconnect people with political processes, or at least raise awareness. However, the website is probably less influential in terms of getting people out of their armchairs, since the organization doesn’t host real life meetings and events for its online members. And the benefit of “a sense of belonging” can be subtler.