Daily Digest: Fired Up, Ready to Govern
BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, November 5 2008
As that great American president Josiah Bartlet so often said, "What's next?" Last night was a beginning, not an end: there are appointments to be made, policy to be crafted, organizing to done, opposition to be rallied. And we here at techPresident and Personal Democracy Forum will keep on tracking how technology is transforming politics. -- the editors.
The First Internet Election: The Next Right's Patrick Ruffini warns the GOP that if it concludes that President-elect Barack Obama earned the title merely by pushing the right levers on the Internet, "they will draw the wrong lessons from this year." It's about movement building, says Patrick. Or, as Obama summed it up last night: "I know you didn't do this just to win an election. And I know you didn't do it for me." In an article by Fast Company's Chris Dannen, Andrew Rasiej credits the candidate and his campaign for its "culture of belief in the Internet."
Organizing from the Oval Office: Where does Chris Hughes fit into an Obama administration?, tweets NYU's Jay Rosen. The Facebook founder was Obama's director of social-networking -- a job that's wholly without precedent in the West Wing. MIT's Henry Jenkins shared his thinking during MediaShift's live chat yesterday: "My prediction in this era of the permanent campaign is that Obama will continue to send out regular messages to his supporters, especially through social network sites." Sounds like a good job for Chris.
What Americans Have Been Searching For: Google Hot Trends offers a peek into what people were scouring the Internet for just after the race was called last night at 11pm ET. Among top searches were the results of the Minnesota senate race between Al Franken and Norm Coleman, the fate of California's Proposition 8, and "cassoulet," a French dish celebrated on a sign a rally Times Square shown widely on TV. Just beating out searches on inauguration tickets right at the moment are ones for Rahm Emanuel, Obama's choice to be Leo McGarry...er, I mean, White House chief of staff. Another neat way to see what Americans were thinking yesterday is New York Times word mapping of readers' one-word states of mind. Looks like they were "excited," "anxious," and "hopeful." #
Twittering States: Some elected officials weren't waiting for people to search for them, and we're instead updating their constituents through Twitter. Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson, for example, was telling his followers which counties had the longest lines and letting them know that you can indeed vote while intoxicated. Pass the Wild Turkey. (Thanks, Shaun Dakin)
On Holograms and Will.i.am: Okay, we're going to say it -- Jessica Yellin's appearance on CNNA last night via space-age hologram was straight up weird. In case you missed it... Also, take a look at the viral video lists on that page: back in the #1 slot is Will.i.am's "Yes We Can" video. And making an appearance at #18: Martin Luther King Jr.'s 1963 "I Have a Dream Speech." #
Major Shift in White Spaces: Something big happened to change Washington DC yesterday. No, not that. After a long battle, unlicensed use of the abundant "white spaces" in the wireless spectrum was approved by the FCC in a landslide vote. Those heretofore unused gaps between television channels can now be tapped to spread wireless Internet across the country. If you're a policy person, now's a great time to re-familiarize yourself with Obama's ambitious plan to remake technology in America.
In Case You Missed It...
When all was said and done, our Twitter Vote Report project pulled in somewhere in the neighborhood of 11,000 on-the-ground election reports -- and about as many press mentions. We and others will be churning through all the data we accumulated and will report back with what we found.
Micah Sifry calls Tropicana's (yes, that Tropicana) display of election tweets "the coolest data visualization I've seen yet coming out of the Twitterverse." Micah also takes a look at the mood of LiveJournal users, currently ranging from hopeful to ecstatic.
(Note: Micah will be speaking at an event tomorrow in Chicago with Al Giordano, Tara Brownlee of Obama's Illinois field program, FiveThirtyEight's Nate Silver and Sean Quinn on "What's Next for the Obama Movement?" No word yet on a live stream, but will post details if there is one.)
Networking thinker Valdis Krebs encourages President-elect Obama to build on the diversity of the movement he built during his campaign in crafting his administration.
And over on Worldchanging, Nancy Scola interviews OpenCongress' David Moore on how making our legislative branch transparent is both an end in itself and the start of something much, much bigger.