Message for Obama: Specific Requests

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, December 11th, 2008

[This post is part of a Message for Obama series.] Some of the Message for Obama pictures get really really specific: Please visit Gaza. Forget about the puppy talk, get a chicken for the White House! Please don't take my "assault weapon." Please do support science. Never stop podcasting. And, of ...

Message for Obama

Posted by Katherine | Friday, November 21st, 2008

The post-election Flickr phenomenon is A Message for Obama. (Thanks, James Mills, for the heads-up.) It's sort of like old-skool Twitter. You take a pen and a piece of paper and write Obama a short note. (A lot of people use post-its.) Then you take a photo of the ...

Debate Parties in Second Life

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

Some people the debate watched at a bar. Some people watched with their friends at a party. Some people watched with their friends at a party... in Second Life. Rik Panganiban teaches kids in NYC about the power of technology, and during the debate he had one laptop tuned into ...

9/11, Blogging, and the Campaign

Posted by Katherine | Friday, September 12th, 2008

[ccho / Flickr] Sarolta Cump just discovered Cass, who writes a blog called Villainous Company. Cass describes herself as a "dyspeptic Marine wife/tech wench," and it was the aftermath of 9/11 (her husband survived the attack on the Pentagon) that pushed her to the blogosphere. In this post, Cass weaves ...

A Mile High in Denver Stadium

Posted by Katherine | Friday, August 29th, 2008

In the stadium [zenobia_joy / Flickr] We'll circle back to the Biden and Bill Clinton speeches shortly, but first, the largely giddy aftermath of last night's Mile-High Moment. (Please help us find good sharp critiques.) Skinny Black Girl, a self-described "walking paradox" who appears to be from Cleveland, Ohio, disdained the pre-speech ...

McCain and Obama “Reading Lists”

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, August 21st, 2008

Google just came up with another innovation: Google Reader reading lists from the McCain and Obama camps. Silver Smith provides a nice screenshot of the announcement on Google's homepage (thanks, Sue Salinger): [Si1very / Flickr] Google claims the feeds allow you to "read what they read, and see what's on their minds ...

Campaign HQs in Second Life

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, July 9th, 2008

If you're a political junkie and you spend your days in Second Life, don't worry: you're only a few clicks away from your favorite candidate's headquarters. Sophia Yates recently filmed her tour of the Clinton, Obama, and McCain camps. The video is a tad long, but it's too trippy to ...

Obama, FISA, and Social Networking

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, July 3rd, 2008

[Vaguely Artistic / Flickr] Voters are using my.barackobama.com to tell Obama they don't like something he's done. Specifically, they don't like his promise to support the FISA bill in Congress. So they've created a special group called Get FISA Right. It was started on June 26th and already has over 15,000 ...

McCain on the Web

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, June 26th, 2008

It's harder to find good pro-McCain stuff out in webland. It just is. We resisted admitting that for a while, and we search diligently, but it simply seems to be true. Especially when it comes to creative art, citizen ads, and funny videos. Whether this has something to do with ...

Blogging and Vlogging the Campaign

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, June 19th, 2008

[Mr. Wright / Flickr] This is a brief step back to the meta: a look at webby aspects of the campaign. Abhi lives in North Dakota. He reminisced recently that the 2004 Democratic National Convention inspired him to create Sepia Mutiny, a South Asian American group blog. This is part of the ...

Oregon Democratic Primary

Posted by Katherine | Monday, May 19th, 2008

Oregon Democrats as far away as Melbourne, Australia, have been preparing for tomorrow's primary (hat tip to Ann Raber). Back home in the thick of it, an Obama supporter going to a rally in Medford, Oregon, found artist Remy LeDuc's Obama sign on a blog. The guy in Oregon printed ...

Campaign Website Award

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, May 7th, 2008

[Larsz / Flickr] Genevieve Sponsler caught this post in her daily trolling of Voices without Votes (a very cool site that tracks foreign opinion about Campaign 08). In it, a South African expat living in Ireland comments on the style and effectiveness of the three remaining candidates' websites. Highest points go ...

Obama and Open Source Politics

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, March 4th, 2008

[mattkeefe / Flickr] Here's another perspective on technology and Campaign 08. Scott Chacon is a Bay Area computer programmer with an abiding interest in "open source politics" -- which he defines as "the idea that openness and transparency through technology can improve our political system." He put that idea to the ...

Richardson Was No Dean Online

Posted by Katherine | Monday, March 3rd, 2008

Connecting the old-fashioned way [Jay Tamboli / Flickr] Emmett O'Connell lives and blogs -- largely about politics -- in Olympia, WA. He was enthusiastically involved online in the Dean campaign in 2004; this time around, he helped set up a community site for Bill Richardson long before Richardson even declared his ...