November 22, 2008No Comments

ON: The Digital Presidency

Welcome to the digital age America! While it has been here for many of us in the Beta-Class, we finally have a government that will actually use it to allow us to participate in a digital democracy.  Imagine that, a country that is run by the people, for the people and when it is not - with digital access - we will all know it.   (Ahhhh, there it is, that transparency we have all longed for since the day the back-room deal with the Supreme Court was struck to anoint President Bush in 2000.) Now that we have a Digi-President, will he and his administration be ready for us to re-call them via the digital channel when or if the propaganda does not live up to the hype?

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President-elect Obama has taken the first step in transparency. Last week, the Washington Post covered Obama's first YouTube Weekly address.  After watching, then perusing the Change.gov blog, I ponder if this is transparency or another channel for a new breed of propaganda?

For me, I look forward to the day when our Digi-President will open himself open to public debates with his constituents directly. Many political observers say President-elect Obama's innovative, online-fueled campaign will likely evolve into a new level of online communication between the public and the White House.  Today - it is a one way message.  Right now we are merely a real time focus group.

I ponder if social media platforms, mobile technology and interactive TV will be used to give us unparalleled access and tools that will facilitate our active involvement in rebuilding the country.

What is obvious is that our President-elect appears to have a keen interest in using social media platforms in the act of governing. How far does that interest go?  Will he monitor the blogs for insights and ideas that could help rebuild the economy?  Will he attribute the ideas to the people or groups and recognize them for their contribution?  Will the digital democracy's new tools have the potential to transform how a government of the People, by the People and for the People communicates and operates.

What kind of access do you want? 

ON: The Digital Presidency via @jpenabickley

November 22, 2008No Comments

ON: The Digital Presidency

Welcome to the digital age America! While it has been here for many of us in the Beta-Class, we finally have a government that will actually use it to allow us to participate in a digital democracy.  Imagine that, a country that is run by the people, for the people and when it is not - with digital access - we will all know it.   (Ahhhh, there it is, that transparency we have all longed for since the day the back-room deal with the Supreme Court was struck to anoint President Bush in 2000.) Now that we have a Digi-President, will he and his administration be ready for us to re-call them via the digital channel when or if the propaganda does not live up to the hype?

Picture 1

President-elect Obama has taken the first step in transparency. Last week, the Washington Post covered Obama's first YouTube Weekly address.  After watching, then perusing the Change.gov blog, I ponder if this is transparency or another channel for a new breed of propaganda?

For me, I look forward to the day when our Digi-President will open himself open to public debates with his constituents directly. Many political observers say President-elect Obama's innovative, online-fueled campaign will likely evolve into a new level of online communication between the public and the White House.  Today - it is a one way message.  Right now we are merely a real time focus group.

I ponder if social media platforms, mobile technology and interactive TV will be used to give us unparalleled access and tools that will facilitate our active involvement in rebuilding the country.

What is obvious is that our President-elect appears to have a keen interest in using social media platforms in the act of governing. How far does that interest go?  Will he monitor the blogs for insights and ideas that could help rebuild the economy?  Will he attribute the ideas to the people or groups and recognize them for their contribution?  Will the digital democracy's new tools have the potential to transform how a government of the People, by the People and for the People communicates and operates.

What kind of access do you want? 

ON: The Digital Presidency via @jpenabickley

September 26, 2008No Comments

ON: The Election in Context of Geography

Like many of you I have been watching the markets, economic news and our political process unfold with baited breathe. I am always interested in the consumer -voter insights that drive
choice.

There is no better place than
http://election.twittervision.com  and  http://election.twitter.com/

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Check it out - http://election.twittervision.com  and  http://election.twitter.com/.  It is a heck of a lot more informative than the three so called professional organizations covering the elections . (CBS, CNN and ABC. You cannot call NBC/MSNBC news any more due to the fact they do not even appear to attempt to be unbiased.) The twitter experience allows you to see the opinions, feelings and issues that are daunting voters. 

ON: The Election in Context of Geography via @jpenabickley

December 20, 2007No Comments

ON: MTV’s Think

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MTV has recruited 51 youngsters - one from every state, plus another from Washington, D.C. - to cover the 2008 election.  The 08 Digital Democracy is ramping up and Viacom properties are leading the charge.

The youths are equipped with laptops,
cell phones and video cameras, and are being asked to find political
stories that resonate with young people, according to Yahoo News.

The news reports will be distributed through Think.MTV.com,
a political and community website run by MTV. It will also be
distributed through an upcoming service called MTV Mobile to mobile
devices, and via the Associated Press’s Online Video Network.

ON: MTV’s Think via @jpenabickley

December 20, 2007No Comments

ON: MTV’s Think

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MTV has recruited 51 youngsters - one from every state, plus another from Washington, D.C. - to cover the 2008 election.  The 08 Digital Democracy is ramping up and Viacom properties are leading the charge.

The youths are equipped with laptops,
cell phones and video cameras, and are being asked to find political
stories that resonate with young people, according to Yahoo News.

The news reports will be distributed through Think.MTV.com,
a political and community website run by MTV. It will also be
distributed through an upcoming service called MTV Mobile to mobile
devices, and via the Associated Press’s Online Video Network.

ON: MTV’s Think via @jpenabickley
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