In case you didn't know it, PolicyMic is part of the future of the news. Michael and I spent three days unconferencing, brainstorming, creatively colliding, hacking, and doing all those other buzzwordy things that tech-and-media start-up conference attendees do. But I admit that I'm a bit of a skeptic when it comes to the Silicon Valley ethos of social betterment: empowerment through the internet. As George Packer put it in the New Yorker a few months ago, "The phrase 'change the world' is tossed around Silicon Valley conversations and business plans as freely as talk of 'early-stage investing' and 'beta tests.'" My own notes confirm as much.