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do you think any hetro's that have cheated on their spouse, got a divorce or had premarrital sex voted against same sex marriage.. to protect the sanctity of marriage? isn't that hypicritical? sweep your own porch! don't take a toothpick out of my eye if you have a telephone pole in yours. lamptondo you think any hetro's that have cheated on their spouse, got a divorce or had... more
There's been a lot of talk about whether the U.S. and Iran are going to war. But the real question may be whether the U.S. and Iran are already at war... a war through proxies.
The Bush administration has long claimed that Tehran is supporting radical Shiite groups who are attacking American troops in Iraq. Recently, we traveled to the Iraq-Iran border for Current's "Vanguard" to investigate claims that the U.S. is supporting its own groups who are attacking Iran.
Our journey took us from the streets of Erbil, the capital of the relatively peaceful and pro-American Kurdish north of Iraq, to the volatile foothills of the Qandil Mountains. Along the way, we talked politics with Iranian bootleggers, drank Johnny Walker with aging communist revolutionaries and even palled around with some terrorists.There's been a lot of talk about whether the U.S. and Iran are going to war. But... more
watchin mccain is like watchin cloris leachman on DANCES WITH THE STARS...
watchin' mccain is like watchin cloris leachman on DANCES W/THE STARS....
SAN FRANCISCO (September 15, 2008) - Current, a new breed of media company
that works with its young adult audience to create and distribute media, has
partnered with the pulse of what’s happening—Twitter, to present “Hack the
Debate,” creating unprecedented interactivity for viewers of the 2008
presidential debate broadcasts.
Beginning with the first presidential debate on September 26, “Hack the
Debate” will, for the very first time, integrate real-time Twitter messages
(aka “tweets”) over major portions of a live television broadcast. As
Twitter users tweet throughout the course of the live broadcasts, Current
and Twitter will collect comments regarding the debate and layer the
individual messages over the debate feed.
Current and Twitter will apply the same technique to all four live debate
broadcasts, allowing the audience to participate directly in the broadcast
while watching real-time debate responses from other viewers.
“Hack the Debate” schedule on Current TV (all times 8:45 p.m. ET/5:45 p.m.
· Presidential Debate #1 – Friday, Sept. 26
· Vice Presidential Debate – Thursday, Oct. 2
· Presidential Debate #2 – Tuesday, Oct. 7
· Presidential Debate #3 – Wednesday, Oct. 15
“The debate stage is only set for two candidates, but Current was founded to
make room for millions of participants,” says Joel Hyatt, CEO, Current.
“We’re thrilled to work with Twitter and take advantage of their extremely
powerful communication platform, giving people a chance to speak directly to
Current’s nationwide television audience.”
In addition to the TV broadcasts, each “Hack the Debate” presentation will
also stream live on Current.com. While Current and Twitter will actively
search tweets for compelling debate comments, Twitter users can highlight
and push their “Hack the Debate” comments by using “#current” in their
tweets. Users can also ask questions about participating via Twitter by
directing questions to “@current.”
More details to come…SAN FRANCISCO (September 15, 2008) - Current, a new breed of media company
that works... more
Since the start of the DNC, I've been watching the use of social media tools such as Twitter very closely while pondering the impact these new forms of communication actually have on politics, government, news, and most importantly television.
Are you using Twitter? We're interested in trying out a little social media experiment/discussion, and would love to invite you to join in. If you are a Twitter user, please respond below letting me know that you're interested, and make sure to tell me the best way to contact you.
You can send me a message on Current.com, reply @current on Twitter, or follow us at: http://twitter.com/current.
Also, if you know anyone else that might be interested in this, please send them the link to this post. The more the merrier!
Online Community TeamSince the start of the DNC, I've been watching the use of social media tools such... more
The two participatory media properties are looking to join forces to give viewers (somewhat) more of a say when Obama and McCain square off.
Twitter is continuing to find its way into mainstream media, the latest example being today’s announcement that they have teamed up with Current TV to include Tweets in the cable network’s upcoming coverage of the Presidential debates. The Tweets – which will be selected by Current TV and Twitter staff - will take the form of an overlay on screen. To participate, viewers will need to use “#current” in their tweets during the debates, the first of which airs next Friday – September 26th.
The partnership with Current TV follows a slew of recent integrations of Twitter into mainstream media. Rick Sanchez has been reading Tweets and interacting with his growing Twitter audience on-air for CNN, while political network C-SPAN made heavy use of the microblogging tool during the recent Democratic and Republican conventions.
It's no MTV/MySpace Dialogue, and neither Obama nor McCain will ever see a word you Tweet, (and what's up with the fact that Twitter and Current will filter the Tweets?) but hey, it beats watching Wolf Blitzer for an hour and a half . . .The two participatory media properties are looking to join forces to give viewers... more
Shel Israel interviewed me about the upcoming Current TV/Twitter election debates experiment. Here is a snippet:
4. Why did CurrentTV decide to partner with Twitter on this project?
When you look at microblogging, as a form of back channeling during major events, its obvious that Twitter is at the hub of this type of thing. Since I arrived at Current in February, it’s become clear that we need to get out there and let others know a little bit more about what we’re up to, what we’re open to try, and some of the things that interest us in regards to experimenting in both online and broadcast arenas. Melding the online and broadcast experience is really at the center of this Twitter/Current debate initiative, and it’s sort of a Phase I for what we refer to as building out a set of APIs for online content and communities in regards to television.
5. How challenging is the technology involved?
It’s a pretty hefty undertaking. We’re working steadily to get our platforms in place to help facilitate more of these types of ventures more often, so while we’re confident with where we’re at for the debates, we're trying to make the process more robust yet streamlined for the future.
6. How challenging will the logistics be? What happens if 100,000 tweeters all wish to tweet at once?
We’d love to automate everything, but there’s going to be some manual activity. The tweets will all be rendered in flash in an overlay stream during the broadcast. We’re also cognizant of the broadcast restrictions that are out there, so we’ll be filtering out inappropriate tweets from the rest of the bunch. Our goal is to show as much of the Twitter conversation on-air as we can, while still maintaining a good viewing experience. Bottom line, we’re trying to make this as flexible as possible so we can adjust as needed.
Enjoy!Shel Israel interviewed me about the upcoming Current TV/Twitter election debates... more
CNET's take on the Current + Twitter = Hack the Debate announcement. They have some questions, like this below:
"Current has not said how the tweets will be selected for on-air display, but it's likely that they will be hand-picked to provide a range of perspectives and serious commentary. So expect more about the candidates' differing views on the economy...and less about vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin's hair."
We're expecting to be flooded with tweets during the debates, and the space provided to display tweets on TV will be somewhat limited. So, we will be filtering for the obvious stuff (hate speech, death threats, anything that violates broadcast standards, etc.), but we will also be pulling primarily from tweets that include the #current hashtag and really stand out.
Since time will be a factor, if we get flooded with "Hey Mom, I'm on TV #current", or "Palin is a GILF #current"-type tweets we will likely adjust to keep things fresh. When you get flooded by someone tweeting inappropriately on Twitter, you simply un-follow them, but when watching our broadcast viewers won't have that ability. So we will help out in that regard.
We are also working on a few ways to display things in different ways, just to keep it interesting. Not every tweet can make it to the screen, but we will try to cram as many in as possible within the time allotted.
Be sure to keep your eye on the Hack the Debate page for updates: http://current.com/debate
Online Community TeamCNET's take on the Current + Twitter = Hack the Debate announcement. They have... more
Tell us what you think in a response! Webcams! Words! Most importantly, your opinion!
To find out more about Hack the Debate, visit: http://current.com/debate
Online Community TeamTell us what you think in a response! Webcams! Words! Most importantly, your opinion!... more
Hey folks, if you're on Facebook (C'mon. You are. I mean my DAD is on facebook now) and want to help GOTH (Get Out the Hack), we've made a Facebook event for Hack the Debate.
Please 'attend' and invite your friends!
http://www.new.facebook.com/event.php?eid=27041319171&ref=tsHey folks, if you're on Facebook (C'mon. You are. I mean my DAD is on... more
A snapshot from Current Towers of preparations for our Hack the Debate coverage. We're getting ready -- hope you're all getting ready too!
http://current.com/debateA snapshot from Current Towers of preparations for our Hack the Debate coverage.... more
Every time John McCain mentions his POW experience, praise his courage and drink a kamikaze. This one is only for the heavy drinkers.
Every time Obama says change everyone has to switch seats and drink the other person's drink of choice.
Every time John McCain tries to associate Barack Obama with an unsavory character, take a sip of your dirty martini.
Every time someone says bailout you have to finish your drink and pour another.
Every time John McCain says "my friends", spit out your drink and shout "I am not your friend" at the television.
Every time "evil", "evil doers", or anything with evil is mentioned, drink a sip of French red wine.
Every time John McCain threatens Iran, drink a savage car bomb or cherry bomb.
Every time Barack Obama ties John McCain to George W. Bush, drink a sloe gin fizz and wish for better days.
Every time John McCain displays how hopelessly out of touch he is, drink an old bastard.
Every time John McCain refers to the USSR or any other non-existent formerly communist country, get ready to ride the red tide.
When Georgia is mentioned, drink a fuzzy navel.
Every time John McCain mentions Sarah Palin, drink a white russian. After all, if Sarah Palin is around there must be a Russian nearby somewhere.
Every time John McCain smiles creepily, drink a roofie-colada.
If anyone mentions a golden parachute, pound some goldschlager.
Every time John McCain makes an appeal to states rights, lean back and take a sip of that sweet southern comfort.
When NATO membership is mentioned, clink glasses with everyone around you and attack anyone who refuses to clink.
If John McCain doesn't show up, lock yourself inside and sip Jack Daniels all night. It is going to be a long six weeks.
Regardless of what either candidate says, at the end of the debate, drink something that must be lit on fire first then hit yourself in the face with a shovel.
Previous Presidential debate drinking games can be found here and here.
Leave your own suggestions as comments, and have fun tonight!
Every time John McCain mentions his POW experience, praise his courage and drink a... more
The Presidential debates turn into an elevator t-shirt throwdown
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