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Daily Digest: 6/26/07

BY Joshua Levy | Tuesday, June 26 2007

The Web on the Candidates

  • James Kotecki has a great video analysis of Rudy Giuliani's reluctance to take advantage of the social web (Jeff Jarvis isn't so diplomatic, and calls Rudy a "control freak"). James points out that, despite having virtually no presence on YouTube (except for that drag-queen video), Rudy still tops most polls. Does that prove that YouTube doesn't matter? Of course not. Candidates need to use video to show their real side and to insulate themselves from attacks. "The longer Mayor Giuliani stays atop the polls, the more likely it is that other videos, potentially much more damaging than his queen-for-a-day appearance, will show up as well... viewers will be more likely to forgive a candidate's YouTube transgressions if they've been using YouTube to show themselves as a real person," Kotecki says.
  • After reading about danah boyd's fantastic essay about class differences on Facebook and MySpace, Eyeon08 was struck by the idea that "those with more education tend to be on Facebook while those in the margins of nearly every aspect of our culture can be found on MySpace." He decided to compare Barack Obama's numbers on the two sites (using our charts, of course). He found that Obama is doing better than Hillary Clinton "among the educated rich kids," i.e., on Facebook. Does this mean anything? Who knows, though it should be noted that before Obama's campaign took over Joe Anthony's volunteer-created MySpace profile, Obama held a similar lead on MySpace.
  • Gil Kaufman at MTV News writes that, thanks to an early campaign season, almost 20 major-party candidates to follow, and a profusion of inexpensive online technologies, the amount of opt-in technologies can be crushing. "If you've already started narrowing down the list of candidates you want to follow, you're looking at nine months of daily (or hourly) text messages, RSS feeds, blog entries, ringtones, vlog posts, e-mails, YouTube videos, MySpace friend requests, live Web chats, Eventful calendar updates and customized widgets for your desktop that give you the latest news on your candidate," Kaufman writes. To bad there isn't one place where you can find all of the candidates' feeds side-by-side... oh yeah! How about techPresident's new Politickr?

The Candidates on the Web

  • Speaking in front of graphics highlighting the price of gas and the number of wounded and dead U.S. soldiers from Iraq, Dennis Kucinich asks his supporters to create their own videos supporting his campaign, centering on the idea that "Peace is Practical." Kucinich, who extended his participation in YouTube's Spotlight far beyond its designated one-week window, has shown a deep commitment to using YouTube to involve his supporters campaign. Can the other candidates learn from this? Some might point to the closed-system style of Rudy Giuliani and claim that this kind of openness is one of the reasons Kucinich remains a lower-tier candidate, though there are other reason for that... (via PrezVid)

In Case You Missed It...

Why have only 244 videos been sumbitted for the upcoming YouTube/CNN Democratic debate? Steve Garfield wants to know.

Got Organizers? Zack Exley is helping organize the New Organizing Institute's second annual week-long intensive campaign training. For more information, go here.

NBC will be embedding videobloggers with the campaigns, reports Steve Garfield.

TechPresident announces its new Politickr feature, which brings you feeds from all of the campaign blogs on one site, and displays word-frequency clouds for all of the candidates' online content, making it easy to see what the candidates are talking the most about.

"There's a meme going around that being online makes you young and hip. That isn't so," writes Patrick Ruffini. Despite some contrarian views that make the web out to be the domain of young people with too much time on their hands, the blogosphere skews old and can be decidedly un-hip.

News Briefs

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New Media Sites in Iran Blur Lines Between Citizen Journo, Professional Journo, & Activist

In 2010, Newsweek declared Iran the “birthplace of citizen journalism.” Iranian bloggers were hailed by Westerners as “brave” for their coverage of the aftermath of the disputed 2009 election. A 40-second video of the death of Neda Agha-Soltan during an anti-government protest won a prestigious George Polk Award, the first anonymously-produced work to be so honored. And then came the 2013 study “Whither Blogestan,” which sought to explain Iran's shrinking blogosphere. Of nearly 25,000 highly active and connected blogs in 2008 and 2009, only 20 percent were still online in September 2013.

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