Archive for October 7th, 2008

Prez Debate #2, Online and in a Crowd

Man, these things are coming fast now — the second presidential debate is tonight, and watch parties are popping up all over DC (I’ll be at Left Bank again, after a Care2 happy hour @ Local 16). For those of you scoring at home (and we hope you are), you can always join in the virtual fun: if you’re not live-blogging or polishing your wisdom into 140-character nuggets on Twitter, you can always factcheck the candidates in realtime at Ameritocracy.com. Afterwards, there’s the breathless wait for follow-up emails from the campaigns (“ooh, what did Santobama send me THIS time — a fundraising plea or a volunteer opportunity?”), plus the chance to relive the whole experience via transcript, video and commentary on the Post site the next day.

Question: how are we going to fill our time after November 4th? This election year has been a spectacle, an extended sporting event, an obsession, a flat-out, dopamine-bursting ADDICTION for millions of people in this country and even abroad, and we’re all likely to suffer some kind of king-hell letdown over the few weeks after the vote regardless of who wins. Oh well — the struggle for survival in the post-apocalyptic hellscape Sure To Result from the Current Economic Crisis will no doubt have its own charms.

cpd

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Let’s Go To Austin: SXSW 2009

Hey y’all, I just broke down and bought a Platinum Badge for next year’s South by Southwest — I’ll be there for the full 10 days of celebrating creative culture via music, film and the internet (plus there are all the parties, and what they lead to).

Taking on the full sweep of SXSW is a little like trying to take a sip from a firehose, and in the past, it’s crushed many a man lesser in body and spirit. But I’ve been in training for this kind of hell-bent epic of hedonism, social frenzy and barbeque for, oh, my entire adult life (sorry mom), and I expect to return alive, if not entirely intact. See you there! Badge prices go up again in November, and hotels are going fast, so hustle up.

cpd

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