Archive for June 18th, 2007

ObamaGirl Video Only a Distraction if the Media Makes It One

Cross-posted at techPresident

Take a look at Media Matters today for a glimpse of the potential problems with mixing citizen-generated content and our current political culture — how segments of the mainstream media react when they’re presented with something other than the usual scripted campaign events and talking points. I’m talking about Obamagirl, of course (bless her heart), whose winsome smile and winning figure were all over cable news the past few days.

Was her crush on the candidate a plus for him? A minus? Who knows for sure, but some commentators were happy to fit the moment into a running media theme about Obama — that he’s too young and too pretty to be President of the United States. Obama lacks substance, apparently, despite the dry policy speeches he’s happy to give, and the Obamagirl video fits into the world-view of that part of the political commentariat that doesn’t want to take him seriously.

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Google Unveils Public Policy/Advocacy Blog

Google is diving into the public policy waters in a very, well, public way — the company has opened an internal policy blog to the public and will allow comments from readers. The initial burst of articles, previously published only for Google internal use, covers topics ranging from net neutrality to immigration to visits to the legendary and mysterious Googleplex by John McCain and John Edwards. The site’s also looking at policy-related uses of Google tools — such as a Google Maps mashup created by Sen. Ben Nelson’s office that combines stories, pictures and video of a recent trip to Iraq.

Here’s what the unveiling post says about the new site:

We’re seeking to do public policy advocacy in a Googley way. Yes, we’re a multinational corporation that argues for our positions before officials, legislators, and opinion leaders. At the same time, we want our users to be part of the effort, to know what we’re saying and why, and to help us refine and improve our policy positions and advocacy strategies. With input and ideas from our users, we’ll surely do a better job of fighting for our common interests.

This blog is part of the dialogue we’re hoping to foster.

Thanks to Search Engine Watch for the catch.

cpd

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