November 9, 2012

This Is Democracy!

THE SERVICE pictured above was offered by a true "citizen" just after Sandy dumped on the East Coast. It's neighborhood Democracy at its best!

November 6, 2012

Election Coverage: Real Political Junkies Will Watch Election Coverage on TV as Well as Follow the Results Online

IT'S DECISION time for voters. Finally, after months of campaign ads and TV coverage, all that's left is the actual voting. Once that's done, the election coverage starts. Traditional media outlets will be covering the results as they happen. There will be electronic interactive maps, videos and public polling results along with the analysis of pundits.

This election cycle, however, there are other choices for political junkies that want to multi-task their election coverage.

YouTube's Election Hub will be live streaming results. CNN will offer live video feeds of the election results and some users will find Facebook's Election Insights tool just the ticket.

Other sites offering live-streamed video coverage include Politico, Washington Post, HuffPostLive and UStream.

We will be watching election coverage on TV as well as following election results online.

2016 is just around the corner!

November 3, 2012

Campaigning and Governing in the Digital Age

The digital media team at President Obama's
Chicago campaign offices in October.
THE FIRST presidential debate between President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney set the social networking world of Twitter on fire. The debate was the most tweeted political event in U.S. history, with Twitter users sending a record 10.3 million tweets during the 90-minute televised debate.

Once upon a time, in a far off land, officials and candidates did things the old-fashioned way - you know: telephones, letters and fax machines. Then, along came the digital age, the Internet and social media. It's hard to argue with 10 million tweets, but do new technologies really make a difference when it comes to governing and running political campaigns? Is the digital age really a game changer or just a fairy tale?

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