I had lunch today with NYU journalism prof Jay Rosen and spoke at length with Chris Lydon about various ideas around academia, journalism, politics and weblogs. Noted that the term "open source" is being used to describe journalism and politics these days and wonder what exactly that means. In open source politics, a term which Joe Trippi uses to describe the Dean campaign, could I take a snapshot of their codebase (borrow the candidate) and fork the project? (Have him run for city council or dog catcher.) Or could I hijack the campaign, and take his place on stage, and introduce myself saying "Hello I am Howard Dean." I'm all in favor of open politics, I think it's a must. But open is not the same as open source.