So, as promised, I missed the first presentation of tonight’s debate, but with all of the live-blogging going on, I feel like I might just could skip the rebroadcast of the real thing (only kidding, but man, a Tivo would kick ass right now). I’m sure this puppy is being dissected at high speed all over blogland, but let me point to some quick highlights from the world of rapid typing. Spencer Overton has gone out on a limb at techPresident — live-blogging in front of an audience of tech/political types? No pressure. Danny, Shira, Heather Andrew and the other mainstream media kids over at National Journal have outdone themselves as well, with two separate threads running, one on Hotline On Call and the other at Tech Daily Dose.
As someone who generally writes essays rather than stream-of-consciousness pieces, I’m fascinated to watch these on-the-fly articles spring up. Writing them must be like trying to shoot a bird on the wing, knowing each time you draw a bead that dozens more will fly by in the meantime. The time for perspective will be laternow.
Here at e.politics world headquarters, I tell ya things are HOPPIN’! We are PLUMB FIRED UP! Tonight’s the REVOLUTIONARY, GONNA CHANGE EVERYTHING presidential debate, sponsored by CNN and YouTube — with questions submitted by YOU, the great unwashed masses….
Okay, okay, it’s another presidential debate, basically in a town hall format, but with questions submitted by video rather than in person. A game-changer? When you think of it as a town hall, probably not. And as has been widely discussed, CNN is still vetting the questions, so there’s always a chance that we’ll end up with the same Washington-consensus questions that dominate the regular debates. But Jeff Jarvis quotes debate moderator Anderson Cooper as saying about the questioners: “These are people that are very passionate about this topic. I want to make sure that this debate honors them, and honors the time they took to make these questions.” So perhaps we’ll get some good questions and some video presentations that really take advantage of the medium — responding to Jeff’s piece, Troy Scheider says that the debates, “while still far from perfect, are an encouraging sign folks are trying — and that we’ll find that new sweet spot eventually.”
The e.politics “team” (me and the cat) will miss the live broadcast — I’ll be at a previously scheduled dinner and she’ll be napping — but my colleague David Newland will be watching from the safety of his new home, Los Angeles. He’s been a web video producer at National Geographic as well as a screenwriter and an all-around video guru, and he’ll be evaluating the video questions from a film-guy’s point of view. I’ll catch the rebroadcast at 11 and take in the whole spectacle from an online communications perspective. Together we shall be an unstoppable force. If you’re looking for more, besides Jeff and Troy’s pieces, Josh Levy’s Daily Digest at techPresident has links to some good preview articles.
Everybody step back: it’s time for a little self-plagiarism. This afternoon I wrote a response to a question on an email forum about how to use the blog search engine Technorati when you’re marketing and promoting websites, and I figured it’d be neighborly to pass it along to you all as well. Think of it as recycling.
Most of us use Technorati to find out how popular we are, of course. If your ranking is high enough, you get to sit at the cool kids’ table in the lunchroom…