Personal Democracy Plus Our premium content network. LEARN MORE You are not logged in. LOG IN NOW >

Obama "New Hampshire at War" Video

BY Spencer Overton | Wednesday, October 3 2007

Increasingly, new tools are empowering local "amateur" campaign staffers to produce quality content centered around local people. Read More

YearlyKos and Voting Rights

BY Spencer Overton | Friday, August 3 2007

I'm happy that the YearlyKos folks have made a place at the table for voting rights. Donna Brazile, the NAACP LDF's Debo Adegbile, the Brennan Center's Justin Levitt, TalkLeft's Jeralyn Merritt, and I will be on the ... Read More

YouTube VIII: Race

BY Spencer Overton | Monday, July 23 2007

A significant number of questioners were people of color and/or addressed issues of race and class, and I was pleasantly surprised. Perhaps because of the digital divide, one might have assumed that this debate would ... Read More

YouTube VII: Powerful Health Care Questions

BY Spencer Overton | Monday, July 23 2007

The health care videos were an outstanding and meaningful use of the YouTube debate medium. The health care videos showed that this medium is not just a gimmick--but can add nuance and substance to dry policy debates. ... Read More

YouTube VI: Talking to the questioner

BY Spencer Overton | Monday, July 23 2007

When Hillary Clinton and other candidates look at the screen and say "Thank You XXXX, for the question," I'm split. On one hand, these are not live feeds, and it seems a bit artificial to talk back to the screen. Would ... Read More

YouTube V: May Allow for "Cleaner" Citizen Participation

BY Spencer Overton | Monday, July 23 2007

The gentleman with military flags from funerals of relatives used the medium in a powerful way. On another note, a YouTube debate may be "cleaner" than a townhall debate with audience questions. Citizens who submit ... Read More

YouTube IV: Network Control, Candidate Unease

BY Spencer Overton | Monday, July 23 2007

Two quick observations: 1) More control by networks: Open Source politics is about more control for average people, and less control for traditional "gatekeepers." I wonder, however, if this format actually gives ... Read More

YouTube III: Taking Advantage of the Medium

BY Spencer Overton | Monday, July 23 2007

A question about Africa featuring African children is perhaps the first question that takes advantage of the medium--when you have to face an image of a person whose life is directly shaped by the policy. On another ... Read More

Live Blogging II: Failed In-Person Follow Up

BY Spencer Overton | Monday, July 23 2007

The pastor shows up! The pastor featured in one of the questions was actually in the audience, and was asked whether John Edwards answered his question. Unfortunately, the pastor didn't do the best follow up (he said he ... Read More

YouTube Debate: Live Blogging Entry 1

BY Spencer Overton | Monday, July 23 2007

I'm not in SC--but in front of my TV. I'm surprised that CNN/YouTube chose videos that seem rather typical--they don't seem to take full advantage of the medium (e.g., people asking questions about Katrina from NOLA). ... Read More

News Briefs

RSS Feed thursday >

Mark Pesce on "Hypercivility" at @CivicHall

A week ago, digital ethnologist Mark Pesce gave a talk here at Civic Hall on the topic of "Hypercivility." As you will see from watching the video, it's an extension of years of research and thinking he has done on the effects of hyperconnectivity on our world. Be forewarned, this is not an "easy" talk to watch or digest. While Pesce definitely has our social-media-powered "Age of Outrage" on his mind, he grounds his talk in a much more serious place: post-genocide Rwanda, which he recently visited. GO

First POST: Impossibles

The FCC vote; a proxy Democratic primary battle in Chicago; Gov Andrew Cuomo begins deleting all state employee emails more than 90 days old; men talking about women in tech; and much, much more. GO

wednesday >

First POST: Off the Books

Chicago's "black site"; The New York Times reports "little guys" like Tumblr and Reddit have won the fight for net neutrality but fails to mention Free Press or Demand Progress; Hillary Clinton fan products on Etsy to inspire campaign slogans?; and much, much more. GO

tuesday >

First POST: Challenges

How Silicon Valley donors are thinking about Hillary Clinton 2016; Yahoo's security chief locks horns with the head of the NSA; Instagram location data catches a Congressman with his hand in the till; and much, much more. GO

monday >

First POST: Bows

CitizenFour wins best doc; Ken Silverstein resigned from First Look Media and took to Facebook to vent; why we need more Congressional staffers; who profits from the net neutrality debate; banning PowerPoint presentations; and much, much more. GO

friday >

First POST: Sim Pickings

Using stolen encryption keys, the NSA and GCHQ can intercept and decrypt communications between billions of phones without notifying the service provider, foreign governments or users; get to know Sarah Harrison, the WikiLeaks editor who helped Snowden gain asylum in Russia; a profile of the Fight for the Future leaders; how the new wave of black community organizing is not hashtag activism; and much, much more. GO

More