Archive for April 15th, 2008

SXSW Politics Panel Podcast to Top the Pop Charts

Hey Mom, better plug in those computer speakers: the audio of our South by Southwest Interactive panel on Politics 2.0 has finally been loosed upon an unsuspecting world. Listen now, before the SXSW servers melt down from what will surely be an unprecedented and truly frightening level of public demand. Want color to go with the sweet sound of our late-morning voices? Here are pics and related resources, but beware — seriously bright polyester awaits. Thanks to Patrick Ruffini for the tip.

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The Macaca Warning: Born of Barack’s “Bittergate,” It’s the Political Miranda Rights Equivalent

Genius idea from PoliticsTV’s Dan Manatt: with Obama’s now-infamamous (and citizen-journalist-reported) “bitter” comments in mind, he wrote in techPresident today that ubiquitous digital recording should now require campaign staff to take Extreme Measures:

Combine (1) this rule of Digital Omnipresence with (2) the rules of Off-the-Record/On the Record (i.e. — nothing is ever truly, reliably, off-the-record), then you’ve got Bittergate.

What’s the upshot? Campaign managers should consider, on a daily basis, reminding candidates of their Digital Miranda rights — call it the “Macaca Warning”:

“You have the right to be recorded — and should expect you are being videotaped and recorded 24/7. Anything you say can and will be used against you by your opponents. Beware that something that sounds OK in one setting may be a gaffe in another setting…”

Excellent idea! e.politics has been fascinated by the effects of portable video and audio recording on politics from the beginnings of the site in the Antediluvian days of 2006, and I’m damn jealous that Dan thought of that one before I did. Soon, only robots will be clean enough to run for office, and our fate as a species will at long last be sealed.

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10 (+1) Ways to Build Traffic to a Website

These tips are for an Advocates for Youth/Choice USA online organizing training session on April 16, 2008, and you kids can look at them in greater depth in the relevant Online Politics 101 articles, particularly the ones covering marketing and promotion, websites, blogger relations and search engine optimization. They’re aimed at organizations and campaigns that are on the resource-poor side, since those won’t be able to do much paid promotion, but the basic ideas apply to most sites regardless of scale. See also that enduring classic from November of 2006, How to Build Traffic to a Blog: Ten Tips.

10 Ways to Build Traffic to a Website

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