Fun with Real Audio
As the campaigns turn more and more negative, and attacks on specific issues hit the airwaves, getting the real story can be a major challenge. Luckily, technology is coming to the rescue.
Google's Audio Indexing service allows users to find specific audio clips within videos uploaded to YouTube. The project is focusing on election-related content.
A search for "health" within a video of VP candidate Joe
Biden speaking in
PRX's Raw Audio project is indexing speeches and interviews
from the campaign trail by using bookmarks and tagging. Want to find all the
latest audio about health care from around public media? The raw audio list on health care brings up everything from the latest NPR
produced piece to the audio of John McCain speaking at the Livestrong Summit in
All this listening has me ready to relive one of the most creative uses of political campaigns' audio tracks -- Saturday Night Live's TV FunHouse skits used raw audio to skewer everyone from Ross Perot to George Bush to Jesse Jackson.