Tag: politics

by Alex Kantrowitz

As she made her way into a Wilmington, Del., courthouse last week, attorney Jennifer Lublinski saw a man pull out a .45-caliber semiautomatic pistol and start firing. The man, Thomas Matusiewicz, turned the gun on his former daughter-in-law and her friend, then shot two police officers before finally pointing the gun at his own head […] more »

by Terry Parris Jr.

At Ustream we live for breaking news and the live event. We went all out for the iPhone 5 announcement (6 million total views and 650,000 concurrent viewers), the presidential debates (3.5 million for the first debate alone) and most recently coverage of Hurricane Sandy. We’re going after the election the same way. The live […] more »

by Joshua Davis

I like to talk politics. So during the final presidential debate, I found myself circled around my television with friends, dissecting the minute details — from the slow pace of Barack Obama’s speech to the sweat on Mitt Romney’s lip — that make such an event worth watching. And then it happened. Obama told Romney, […] more »

by Angela Morgenstern

In 2008, Current TV teamed up with Twitter to display user tweets live on-air during the presidential and vice presidential debates. It was quite an experiment combining live television and user commentary/feedback — but it was very early. Few people had heard of Twitter, and fewer television entities recognized the power of real-time feedback to fuel […] more »

by Alex Kantrowitz

A few years ago, I sat down for breakfast with a New York State Assembly candidate at a busy Long Island diner. I was just out of college, and he was looking for a campaign manager, so we picked up menus and started talking. I didn’t have much (read: any) campaign management experience, so we […] more »

by Susan Currie Sivek

Political magazines have found a new way to be opinion leaders during this election — in just 140 characters. Twitter is helping them publicize their print and online content and offer real-time interpretation and analysis. Reaching audiences well beyond their print readership, these magazines’ tweets may be affecting conversations about the election in intriguing ways. […] more »

by Mark Hannah

As the 2012 presidential campaigns intensify in the days leading up to the election, pollsters and pundits will be making frenzied attempts to grapple with the flood of information readily available on the Internet. What’s unclear is how effectively we’re using — and whether we’re being used by — that information.   Polling Let’s start […] more »

by Courtney Lowery Cowgill

From social media to the second screen, this election comes smack in the middle of the climax of the digital revolution. Other elections before it certainly seeded this massive political transformation, but never before has technology played such a role in selecting who we elect to represent us and lead our communities, our states and […] more »

by Courtney Lowery Cowgill

Over the next few weeks, all eyes will be on the so-called “battleground states” of Colorado, Florida, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia and Wisconsin. So, how did the presidential candidates fare in those places during their third and final debate? If social media is any indication, it’s still a mixed bag. Below is an interesting infographic […] more »

by Mark Hannah

With just minutes to go before last night’s second presidential debate, the folks over at PolitiFact.com sent out the following tweet: If you hear something during the #debate that you’d like us to fact-check, tweet it with #PolitiFactThis — PolitiFact (@politifact) October 17, 2012 Three hours later, after the dust had settled in the Hofstra […] more »