The ephemeral nature of Web publishing does raise some serious issues: if a president-elect circulates a physical press release promising to do something, and then changes his mind, there's a paper trail. That doesn't exist when files are added to a Web site and then quietly removed over a weekend.Speculation about why the agenda was scrubbed remains unclear. But perhaps the genius of Obama team rehashing idiotic talking points from the campaign season and then making them vanish will make the new agenda that much more anticipated and "electrifying" to us gullible Americans. That is in spite of how flimsy the agenda may be.
Change.Gov Agenda Disappears into the Electronic Ether
Like the shrewd Keyser Soze walking away from the police precinct amidst confusion among his investigators, Obama's Change.Gov agenda has been "disappeared" while criticism from some bloggers was ongoing. The website had offered bizarre prescriptions for our national woes, like mandatory service for our nation's youth, and the agenda for Iraq made references to the now obsolete 2006 Iraq Study Group, which didn't seem very forward-looking and may have been held over from the election to appease some Moveon.Org types. CNET seems concerned about this recent development: