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Posts Tagged ‘obama
Great news for us Twitter addicts. The first 140-characters-or-less debate between the Obama and McCain campaigns is ON. The forum is being moderated by none other than Ana Marie Cox from Time Magazine (and the founder of Wonkette, one of my favorite blogs). You can read about it on TechPresident.
This should be an interesting study of a medium shaping the message. In traditional debates, candidates and their surrogates often fall back on pre-approved campaign messages and talking points. Remember Hillary’s frequent monopolizing of TV debate time to talk about her health care plan? With the 140 character limit, Twitter participants (I THINK) will be forced to address issues more specifically and directly. We’ll see.
Obama will be represented by one of my CCT professors – Dr. Mike Nelson. Good luck Dr. N!
UPDATE: Dr. Nelson tells me the easiest way to follow the debate is by going to this Tweetboard.
The debate is an initiative of Personal Democracy Forum and is being launched in tandem with next week’s annual PdF conference, which is taking place Monday and Tuesday at Rose Hall in NYC.
We’re taking an open approach to this debate, as befits the medium where it is taking place. Each day, Ana is going to tweet a question or two, and Liz and Mike will tweet their answers. There is no set limit on answers–we’re letting Ana make the framework up as the debate evolves. Obviously, Mike and Liz will be working within Twitter’s 140-character limit for individual tweets, but they can link out or post multiple tweets as part of their answer to a question. It will be up to Ana to determine when a topic is done, and also whether to pull in comments or queries from other Twitter users who are following along.
Mike, Liz and Ana will be using their personal Twitter accounts, @mikenelson, @lizmair and @anamariecox, and we’ve also asked them to tag their responses with the hashtag #pdfdebate. We suggest that readers who want to follow along use a Twitter application like Summize.com to track the conversation.
Drudge has the full text of the Senator’s remarks as prepared for delivery tonight in St. Paul here.
I’m pleased to see some news coverage of the role design plays in shaping American politics. Here’s a great ABC analysis on the different typefaces the campaigns are using and what messages they may convey to voters.
I watched Downfall the other day. It’s a great foreign film about Hitler’s last 10 days in the bunker. It’s VERY well done and apparently pretty historically accurate as well. So if that’s your kind of thing, I recommend you put that bad boy on your netflix queue.
How did I first hear about this movie? Oddly enough, by stumbling across some hilarious mashups of the film on YouTube. Check out what these video-savvy smart asses have done with one of the most dramatic scenes from the movie:
And for all you sports fans out there:
Well it’s about time. The MSM have finally stopped covering the Democratic race as a dead heat between Obama and Hillary and are now treating him as the presumptive Democratic nominee. Couldn’t they have done this weeks ago?
Surely this is bad news for this woman, who actually does a decent Hillary impression (as annoying as it is):
Liz at Verbage has a fantastic post about the importance of supporting free trade:
…if we continue to keep our markets open and attempt to decrease trade barriers in other countries (developed and developing) we can then continue to produce our specialized goods and services and sell them to other developed countries (they are our primary market for US exports). If the U.S. continues to specialize we are likely to see increase employment of skilled workers and an increase in their wages. As more and more skilled laborers are employed and see wages increases, this will raise our general standard of living. Yes, the process is not prefect. Some people will lose their jobs but for the longevity of the US and to continue seeing increases in our standard of living, we want those that lost their jobs to be re-trained and develop a more technical skill-set so that they are attractive to corporations and are likely to see an increase in their wages when re-hired.
Right on, Liz. You can read the rest here.
Also, Blogging the Void has done some great “investigative reporting” on the political leanings of Matthew Lesko, that annoying question mark guy who teaches people how to swindle the government out of money. Turns out, he’s an Obama guy! Nice work.
(Photo courtesy Blogging the Void, check out more photos on his blog)