Archive for December, 2007

Tracking the US Presidential elections on the global web

by mediachef at 6:38 pm 2007-12-23
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US Election 2008 Web Monitor

“The US Election 2008 Web Monitor provides weekly snapshots of global Web coverage. The results reflect attention and sentiment towards the US presidential candidates. Lists of keywords summarize the most important issues associated with each candidate.”

Pictured at right is a graph of the sentiment as measured by the US Election Web Monitor about the two “surging” candidates, Mike Huckabee and Barack Obama.

via Networked Performance

Meetings in the Present Continuous

by mediachef at 4:57 pm 2007-12-23
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A recent post on Rhizome caught my eye in relation to the UnConvention:

“While the internet allows us all to be ‘broadcasters,’ in a sense, the relationship of this opportunity to actual democracy and hegemonies of power is still worth considering”

What is the relation of the creative use of participatory media to participatory democracy? This is part of what The UnConvention is about, and is also territory covered by the Barcelona-based Now: Meetings in the Present Continuous - the “dimensions of the new urban condition: the conquest of the radio-electric space, the recovery of the public space, and the city as an ecological challenge.”

via Rhizome News

Row, Row Your Roboat

by mediachef at 4:23 pm 2007-12-23
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Chris Csikszentmihalyi, director of the remarkable Computing Culture lab at MIT, has a history of challenging “border” projects including his 2001 Afghan Explorer and Freedom Flies, a UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) along the border with Mexico.

Roboat is a new research project designed for “protests on or near aqueous points of interest.” Perhaps the M-I-S-S-I-S-S-I-P-P-I during the RNC and the UnConvention?


via edgy_product