I agree with pretty much everything you say. It is all quite depressing. As Brian Winston shows, revolutionary technologies have, and will be, absorbed by the system to effectively neuter them of their revolutionary potential. There are things that can be done, but even after the interview, I am not quite sure what is being done. I would say that one big area is working with organisations like the BBC to push this forward. I am still confused (and I think they are too) as to exactly what e-democracy is and what they want to get out of it. In fact, they see it as open-ended and almost undefinable and that this is a positive because they do not want to limit it. WHile this is noble, it creates many difficulties when it comes to laying foundations because we dont know whether we are building on sand or stone - and we also do not know what the weather conditions are like - any construction can be "blown down" very easily.