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Howard Dean and the Electoral Machine: Daniel Kreiss Reveals the History of the Democrats and New Media

Daniel KreissObama and Romney own 2012 – they essentially bought it – having spent record sums of money on advertising and campaign stratagems designed to magnetize our attentions and motivate them towards a desired set of actions. As year end features and retrospectives squeeze their way into our nation's newspapers, one worn out phenomenon will predictably dominate the annual backward glance: the election. Read more...

User-centric Public Media, WBEZ’s Call to Action

User-centric journalism creates new challenges for journalists, about accountability, fairness and accuracy. But it also offers public media, as we noted in our white paper Public Media 2.0, great opportunities. Now, Chicago public radio station WBEZ’s CEO Torey Malatia issues a challenge to all creators of public media, and disentangles engagement from advocacy.  (It was triggered by his decision to yank a show he found tilting toward advocacy.) Read more...

Signal and Noise: What's Wrong with Polling

What kinds of information help us connect to each other on the most important issues of our day? Not polls, says Center co-director Matt Nisbet in his latest blog post. In fact, they’re hurting, not helping. It’s polling addiction that is keeping important issues like climate change off media’s radar—until, say, a hurricane takes out New Jersey. Read more...

Election Day 2012: What Does a Facebook ‘Like’ Really Mean?

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What can the latest analytics reveal about social networking trends in the 2012 election? With more Americans active in social networking than ever before, new social media analytics are uncovering trends among candidates' supporters with unique insight about the candidates themselves.  

Connecting Raw Videos, Documentaries & Global News with Social Action

Me at the zooBeyond our digital-age access to videos of dancing kittens, the potential for raw videos to galvanize public opinion, set the media agenda, and sometimes shock us into new awareness may not have been fully anticipated by YouTube’s founders (or maybe it was).  In the mere seven years since we saw YouTube co-founder Jawed Karim talk about elephants at the zoo in the first-ever YouTube video, the growth in the depth, range and sheer volume of available raw, user-generated videos has been nothing short of breathtaking – matched only by our apparent appetite for them. Read more...