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Quick Hits — June 30, 2008

In which e.politics awakens from a short summer nap.

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Resources for DemocracyInAction Conference Presentation on Advocacy Tools

Below are resources for a little presention I like to call,

Cheap, Quick and (Sometimes) Dirty: Creating Integrated Online Campaigns Using Off-The-Shelf Parts

(Delivered at the DemocracyInAction Conference on June 26, 2008)

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At PDF, Skype Saves the Day — and the Elizabeth Edwards Interview

Perhaps the biggest-name speaker at Personal Democracy Forum this year was to be Elizabeth Edwards, blogger and wife of former presidential candidate John Edwards. Weather intervened, however, since a storm system interrupted flights and trapped her at home in North Carolina. Enter Skype, the online voice/video phone system — Andrew Rasiej was able to interview her live and in front of a large audience, with her image projected on the main-stage screen.

It was the first time I’ve seen that at a conference, and it was remarkably effective. Her projected image was much easier to see than she actually would have been on-stage, and the back-and-forth was quite natural. Of course, it was difficult for audience members to ask Edwards questions directly, but she could hear enough for the system to work. The audio did crap out at one point, but a quick “hang-up” and a new Skype call got things moving again.

Some highlights from the talk:

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Clay Shirky: MyBarackObama Imitates a Social Network without Really Being One

A great point from Clay Shirky in the audience at PDF: if you really look at MyBarackObama, it seems like a social network but it actually contains relatively little lateral conversation. I.e., it’s portrayed as a social network, but people aren’t using it as one — it’s not as much of a person-to-person communications tool as we normally think of social networks as being. So, does that make it a top-down tool masquerading as a bottom-up tool? And if it’s not a real social network, what is it?

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Obama, Clinton Used Instant Messaging as a Political Tool

Quick insight from Ana Marie Cox on a media panel at Personal Democracy Forum — she brought up instant messaging as a political tool, noting that the Clinton and Obama campaigns spent a lot of time this primary season communicating with reporters (and no doubt bloggers) via IM. Endless flurries of of behind-the-scenes emails flew around this season, as campaigns frantically spun the discussion, and IM was clearly being used in the same way. Of course, since it’s behind the scenes, we can’t see it and its ultimate influence is nearly invisible. In online politics, what you can see isn’t necessarily what matters. Update: Adam Conner caught the tidbit that Howard Wolfson (Clinton) and David Axelrod (Obama) were IM’ing back and forth during the primary season. The next Carville/Matalin?

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Seven Things about Online Politics We Can Learn from Barack Obama and the 2008 Primary Season

Cross-posted on techPresident

The primaries are dead; long live the primaries! Before we plunge into the inevitable frenzy of the Fall campaign season, let’s take a few minutes to draw some conclusions about the world of online politics from the candidates’ experiences in the race so far.

1. We’re in a social media world, whether you like it or not.

Before we crown Barack Obama the King of internet Politics, let’s ask him how he feels about all those Reverend Wright YouTube clips scattered at the base of his throne. Sure, the Democratic nominee-to-be benefited from the ‘net in significant and almost certainly decisive ways, but he also got kicked around plenty online. Just about every candidate suffered similarly, from the anti-Hillary “1984″ ad and the John Edwards haircut video to that great footage of Rudy Giuliani in a dress. By feeding true believers a steady diet of similar red meat, blogs and online discussion sites helped to spread these and other less-than-flattering tidbits far and wide, with the most “successful” ending up in endless rotation on cable news. Of course, for every “1984″ video, someone created a “Yes We Can” — the double-edged sword of social media.

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Quick Hits — June 22, 2008

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Off to PDF, and other Adventures

Hi folks, e.politics is fixin’ to relocate to NYC for a couple of days, planning to hang out at the Personal Democracy Forum and check out the scene. Note the just-announced presidential Twitter debate — clever idea, and a well-timed promo hit as well. Look me up if you’re around; we’ll sniff out good party Monday night.

Thanks to everybody who helped spread the word about Online Politics 101 — in its first 48 hours on Earth, it was been downloaded more than 2000 times and had scored a good dozen blog hits and at least two stumbles (whatever those are). Good times all around; we should start a cult. I’ll be in charge of blatant, shameless self-promotion.

After PDF, it’s back to DC for the Media Future Now luncheon discussion, “Who Owns What?” — we’ll be looking at intellectual property in a digital age from a cultural and political point of view. I’m brushing up on my late-80s/early 90s hip hop beats and collaborative-culture rhymes, working toward a fully realized rip/mix/burn social media tirade of epic proportions — oh, yeah. After that, it’s the Democracy In Action conference and a presentation we’re tentatively calling “Cheap, Quick and (Sometimes) Dirty: Creating Integrated Online Campaigns Using Off-The-Shelf Parts.” Should be a hoot.

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Download the New Online Politics 101

Download Online Politics 101

Almost two years in the making, the new version of “Online Politics 101: The Tools and Tactics of Online Advocacy” is now ready for downloading! New chapters cover online political advertising, political databases, choosing the right tools, along with expanded chapters on social networking, fundraising, video, blogs and more. It’s an essential guide to doing politics on the internet, and it’s absolutely free.

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