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Web 2.0: Connecting at a social level

By js, 8 November, 2008, No Comment

Web 2.0 Summit: President Elect Obama Typifies World 2.0

The Internet-empowered fund-raising and social networking of Sen. Obama’s campaign may have helped advance the evolution of Web 2.0 as a concept, panelists suggest.


In an interview in September, University of Southern California professor and blogger Jon Taplin argued, “The way out of the [financial] crisis will be, I think, a very large investment program built by the government, based on leadership in IT [information technology] and ET [energy technology].”The government will have to hurry if it wants to lead. At the Web 2.0 Summit this week, just about every panel discussion has touched on ways to improve information and power.

That’s not just because of the election this week of Barack Obama, whose commitment to promote investments in green technology has heartened entrepreneurs at a time of dwindling credit. It has at least as much to do with the evolution of Web 2.0 as a concept.Web 2.0 used to be about connection at a technical level; now it has more to do with connection at a social level and at a political level. The theme of the conference this year expresses this evolution perfectly: “Web Meets World.”

more http://www.informationweek.com/news/internet/web2.0/showArticle.jhtml? articleID=212001315

The Internet, Politics, and the Digital Divide

By js, 8 November, 2008, No Comment

Below is an excerpt of the first story that I’ve read which questions the euphoric assertion that the internet helped to elect Obama. Online video was watched over 14.5 million hours Trippi asserts.

“To buy 14.5 million hours on broadcast television is $47 million. So the speeches and the videos they put up that were watched 14.5 million hours by American citizens was the equivalent of half the money John McCain received from the federal government for his campaign,” said Trippi.

If there are many people who do not have access to the internet, WHO ARE the people who watched those videos for 14.5 million hours?

Nicole Ferraro
Written by Nicole Ferraro

11/7/2008

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But can we really credit the Internet with electing this guy?

Part of the problem with that theory is that it discounts the many Americans who are unaffected by the Internet because it’s unavailable to them.

“There’s a whole group of people who have no clue what we’re talking about, and those are the hundreds of thousands of people who don’t have the Internet because they can’t afford access to broadband,” said Gavin Newsom, mayor of San Francisco.

“There’s a huge digital divide problem, which makes a lot of this very meaningful — but utterly meaningless for those who need this type of engagement the most.”

from http://www.internetevolution.com/author.asp?section_id=466&doc_id=167572

Leveraging the power of the social web

By js, 8 November, 2008, No Comment
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SAN FRANCISCO — Web 2.0 Summit — It takes a lot to keep people around for the Friday afternoon session at an industry event, but apparently a visit from former Vice President Al Gore (paired with post-session free drinks) was enough to lure a decent crowd and even arouse a standing ovation.

Echoing the sentiment of Arianna Huffington, who spoke on a panel earlier today, Gore kicked off his speech by saying that Barack Obama would never have been elected president were it not for the Internet.

“The electrifying redemption of America’s revolutionary declaration that ‘all human beings are created equal’ would not have been possible without the Internet,” said Gore (leaving no decorative word unspoken).

more http://www.internetevolution.com/author.asp?section_id=466&doc_id=167582

Racial and Minority tags being redefined

By js, 8 November, 2008, 1 Comment

http://www.riograndeguardian.com/lista_story.asp?story_no=5

Treviño: Multicultural is the new minority


By Marisa Treviño

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Marisa Treviño

The election of Barack Obama forces the country to look at people of color and ethnicity in a new light and to begin a new conversation about dropping old labels and adopting new ones.

DALLAS, November 6 – Barack Obama’s White House win signals more than just a break from “old politics.” It is the start of something bigger — the cracking of the shell of ethnic stereotypes that too many people of color or certain ethnicities still find themselves encased in courtesy of a national attitude that relies on assumptions rather than facts.

For the first time, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s infamous words, “I have a dream…where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character,” rings practical and achievable.

Yes, there have always been Latinos, African-Americans, Asians and Native Americans who have achieved great accomplishments — graduated from Ivy League schools, attained top positions of influence in government and the corporate world, were Olympic athletes, media celebrities, community leaders, etc. — but Obama’s win serves as the prime example for everyone that it’s time to take a fresh look at how people of color and ethnicity are viewed.

And we can start by discarding the old tag of referring to people who fall into these categories as “minorities.”

more http://www.riograndeguardian.com/lista_story.asp?story_no=5

News on Border Fence

By js, 8 November, 2008, 1 Comment

http://www.riograndeguardian.com/rggnews_story.asp?story_no=18

Cuellar: CBP halts border fence construction in three Valley segments
By Steve Taylor

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U.S. Representative Henry Cuellar. (Photo: RGG/Steve Taylor)

LOS EBANOS, November 7 – The Bush Administration has decided not to move forward with construction of the border fence in three parts of the Rio Grande Valley for the rest of the year, U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar has announced.

Customs and Border Protection had wanted to erect almost four miles of “movable” fencing in Roma, almost nine miles of fencing in Rio Grande City, and just less than two miles of fencing in Los Ebanos.

“It’s not going to happen. Customs and Border Protection has decided not to move forward with their plans for the rest of the year. The reason they gave was engineering and hydraulic concerns,” Cuellar told the Guardian on Friday evening.

more http://www.riograndeguardian.com/rggnews_story.asp?story_no=18

Race and American Identity

By js, 8 November, 2008, 3 Comments

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081108/ap_on_re_us/obama_black_future

By JESSE WASHINGTON, Nov. 8th, 2008

Shortly after leaving the voting booth, 70-year-old community activist Donald E. Robinson had a thought: “Why do I have to be listed as African-American? Why can’t I just be American?”

The answer used to be simple: because a race-obsessed society made the decision for him. But after Barack Obama‘s mind-bending presidential victory, there are rumblings of change in the nature of black identity and the path to economic equality for black Americans.

Before Tuesday, black identity and community were largely rooted in the shared experience of the struggle — real or perceived — against a hostile white majority. Even as late as Election Day, many blacks still harbored deep doubts about whether whites would vote for Obama.

Certainly racism did not disappear after Obama’s white votes were counted. No one is claiming that black culture and pride and community are no longer valuable. Many also dismiss the idea of a “post-racial” America as long as blacks and other minorities are still disproportionately afflicted by disparities in income, education, health, incarceration and single parenthood.

Use of Internet and Politics

By js, 7 November, 2008, No Comment

After this election, many political science scholars will become interested in studying how the internet was used in this election, especially the use of videos and video web sites like Youtube.

TechCrunch was one source which discusses it

Politics: “Obama Would Not Have Won Without The Internet”

by Michael Arrington on November 7, 2008

New York Magazine’s John Heilemann is leading a panel at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco this morning on “The Web and Politics.” Joining him is San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsome, Arianna Huffington and Joe Trippi.

The session jumped right off with Heilemann saying the Internet played a disruptive role in the 2008 election in the same way television played a disruptive role in the 1960 election of John F. Kennedy to president. Neither medium was new in the respective elections, but both “came of age” and swung the election towards the winning candidate. Kennedy, in particular, used television ads extensively in his campaign to reach the American voters directly.

Huffington says flat out that if it wasn’t for the Internet, Obama would not be president. Trippi notes that Obama’s YouTube spots gathered an aggregate of 14.5 million viewing hours. The Internet was used by candidate previously, he said, noting the Howard Dean campaign, but Obama really leveraged it fully with online video, blogging, social networking and fundraising.

http://www.techcrunch.com/2008/11/07/the-internet-as-a-force-in-politics-obama-would-not-have-won-without-the-internet/

This conversation has been happening for a longer period of time. This next story

The YouTube-ification of politics: Candidates losing control from July 18, 2007 also discusses how candidates can use the internet but cannot always control the message and how people distribute the message.

Many people have been active in commenting and criticizing the tactics of certain media

These videos demonstrate that they do make a difference. This is a powerful medium for persuasion and for counterargument. Instead of resisting it or wishing that it goes away, one must be willing to consider how we can use this medium as a rhetorical tool which can help us make the arguments which will help our cause.

YouTube Politics :YouTube Shines Light on Dirty Politics

January 08, 2008

‘Terrorist’ is just the beginning.

How video vigilantes are outing whisper campaigns in US presidential campaign.

By Ben Shingler
Published: October 21, 2008

The story YouTube for president? compares how the two candidates have used videos on their websites.

Together, Barack Obama and John McCain’s YouTube channels have received more than 100 million video views — though it’s telling to look at the different ways the two campaigns use the service. As of this writing, McCain’s channel contained just over 300 videos, with about 20 million views in all. Nearly all of his videos are short, well-produced pieces that look like, and in many cases are, TV commercials. Of his top 10 most-viewed videos, only one of them — a nearly eight-minute clip of a Sarah Palin speech — breaks that mold.

Obama, by contrast, had more than 1,500 videos on his site, totaling about 80 million views. Many of them, like McCain’s, are similar to TV commercials, but that is hardly the rule for Obama. Hundreds of his videos are more like campaign training manuals or appear to be microtargeted at a narrow sliver of viewers — Republicans in Ohio, for instance, or absentee voters in Michigan. But even those obscure videos have been viewed thousands of times. At the other end of the spectrum, only one of Obama’s top 10 most-viewed videos is a 30-second commercial. The rest are longer TV appearances and speeches, including Obama’s famous speech on race, which was 37 minutes long and has been viewed more than 6 million times.

Americans of all ages have become 21st-century pamphleteers. Sometime today you will open a political message from someone you know and click on a link. Odds are that link will take you to YouTube. In the same way that television was recognized as the medium that changed political communications during the presidential campaign of 1960, online video and YouTube will be recognized as the medium that changed it for 2008. Regardless of who wins the most votes on Nov. 4, the technological winner is YouTube and, by extension, democracy.

Toni Morrison in an interview given to ABC News calls Obama’s election and presidency the beginning of a  participatory democracy.

Would this participatory democracy have been possible without the tools which empower everyone to have a voice which can gain an audience?

Importance of Diversity for Representation

By js, 7 November, 2008, No Comment

All type of media requires that people of color be involved in creating the representation which others consume. This is the type of power which Carmen Van Kerckhove is talking about in her post

Diversity means nothing without power

Network Television Station
O&O Management Diversity Census

in conjunction with the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education and the Society of Professional Journalists.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
At a time when the news media is being forced to concentrate on issues of race for the first time since the late 1960s, a survey conducted by the National Association of Black Journalists of news managers at the 61 network-owned television stations found a

dearth of people of color, with almost no diversity in the uppermost tier.

The study, conducted during the last ten months, found that only 17% of the managers at stations owned and operated by ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC are people of color, and more than a third of the stations have no people of color at all in the managerial ranks.
“I look at the calendar and it reads 2008, but our survey numbers reflect the year 1978.  Industry leaders should be embarrassed that diversity has not taken a permanent root in their hiring practices.  Diversity is good business and to practice otherwise the business runs the risk of losing the financial support in the diverse community it serves,” said NABJ president Barbara Ciara.

more http://www.nabj.org/newsroom/special_reports/index.php

By js, 6 November, 2008, No Comment

Testing from iPod touch

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By js, 6 November, 2008, 1 Comment