Online Presidential Debates


Just one more example of how politics are utilizing and embracing new media. The first online presidential debates are coming our way, which take advantage of the available technology to allow candidates to be in different parts of the country for debate. I have nothing wrong with this -- it shouldn't take anything away from the format, which is already so stiff and unspontaneous that the real-life interaction in traditional debates may as well not exist. As I recall, the 2004 Democratic Party primary debate of about 9 candidates included one or two who were participating by video conference, and if that didn't cause any problems, I don't know why this would.

Elections gone viral!


This isn't breaking news, as it's been in the headlines since the weekend (As of this writing, Google News recognizes 78 articles on it), but I've been too busy to write about it until now.

Long story short, somebody took Apple's famous 1984 ad and mashed it up to make it an ad for Obama's Presidential campaign. Hillary stars as the big brother figure, and the lady who smashes the screen is wearing a shirt with Obama's logo. Anyway, enough with the description, just watch it HERE. That's the original YouTube post, and it already has more than 1 million views, plus a few more hundred thousand views of the same video under other usernames.

new media and the political process

This article found online was on the front page of The New York Times on Feb. 9 discussing Democratic presidential contender John Edwards' controversy with the two people running his campaign blog. He decided to keep his staff, but it was either keeping the women and facing criticism from conservatives who disproved of the vulgarity in their blogging past, or firing the women and facing criticism from the internet world.

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