Archive for October, 2008

Ask Sarah Palin

Via TechPres, here’s a really creative campaign concept cooked up by the California Democratic Party: an electronic billboard set up in Los Angeles near where V.P. candidate Sarah Palin is scheduled to hold a campaign rally. The billboard displays questions for Palin submitted live by text message. The billboard is also being live streamed on the web via

The whole concept is a great use of digital media and a fantastic commentary on the limited access that we have been given to Sarah Palin, providing a series of “unfiltered” questions that I’m sure we’d all love Palin (or McCain) to answer. For more information on how to submit a question, check the California Democratic Party website or read below:

To submit a question for our electronic billboard, text the keyword ASK then the question to the number 69866

For example, send to 69866: ASK You said you’d run a respectful campaign on the issues, what happened?

Keep your questions under 160 characters including spaces and remember to keep them family friendly since we’re showing them in public.

I watched for a few minutes and there were some great questions about health care and about the lack of funding for higher education, among many other issues.

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Don’t Vote

Just fulfilling my obligation to remind at least five of my friends that they need to register to vote.  Voter registration deadlines are looming.  The video runs a bit long, but it’s a pretty entertaining reminder about what’s at stake in the 2008 election.

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Thursday Links

Counting down the hours until tonight’s VP debate, which I’ll be watching with other Fayetteville political junkies at the local art house theater.  Until then, here are some links:

  • Scott Kirsner has some of the latest digital cinema news, including updates on the conversion of a number of multiplexes to digital projection.
  • Girish points to Jonathan Rosenbaum’s article on how the history of cinema during the Bush era might be written, and I’m generally inclined to agree that some of that history will focus on the new screening formats that change our understanding of a film public.  Rosenbaum also traces the rise of the new political documentary, another important Bush-era trend.
  • Agnes has two posts tracing discussion of Peter Broderick’s indieWire article (part one and part two) on the new world of digital distribution.  Broderick’s article deserves a close look, and hopefully I’ll have time to write something longer in the near future.
  • Jette reports that the documentary Crawford, about George Bush’s adopted town, will soon be premiering on Hulu.  I’ve been wanting to see Crawford for a while, so I’m looking forward to this.  Crawford is the first feature film to premiere on Hulu, so I’ll also be interested to see how that works.
  • A couple of political videos for your entertainment.  First, via techPres, Ralph Nader continues his foray into web video with”Nader Meets ObamaGirl,” a nice parody of ’70s-era buddy sitcoms (and much better than his parrot video).   Second, via Tama, “The Dark Bailout,” perhaps the most insightful take yet on the truly awful bailout bill from the world’s greatest super villain.
  • And last, news that Netflix’s WatchNow player will finally be available to Mac users in the relatively near future, possibly by the end of the year.

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Talking Twitter

Taking a break from grading to point out that there’s a nice article in The Fayetteville Observer by Brian Dukes on Twitter focused around a Tweetup I attended a few days ago.  It’s a pretty good overview on some of the social uses of Twitter, including some of the issues I addressed in my previous entry.

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