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McCain is off and running (again)joevoeller

Thu, 26 Apr 2007 01:11:54 +0000

After teasing his announcement several weeks ago on David Letterman, John McCain formally announced his candidacy for president today. More precisely, he announced the beginning of his five-state “announcement tour.” Did anyone not know this man was running? What’s interesting is that the “tour” is less of an announcement than a chance to kick-start his […](image)

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Politics, Blogs and Francejoevoeller

Sun, 22 Apr 2007 22:46:05 +0000

Today the first round of France’s presidential elections were held, with Nicolas Sarkozy and Ségolène Royal emerging as the winners, and its clear that political blogging is certainly not limited to the USA.  Anne Cantener has this interesting post on the Guardian’s website about the role of blogs in the French election. Interestingly, some French bloggers have used popular anti-Bush […](image)

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Imus’s loss is Hillary’s Gain?joevoeller

Fri, 13 Apr 2007 01:40:09 +0000

I checked in on Hillary’s campaign Web site today and found a huge picture of the Rutger’s women’s basketball team. It turns out Hillary is personally inviting all of us to send a message of support to the team. Users are asked to fill out a form and send a “message of respect to the Scarlet Nights.” […](image)

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Bloggers’ Code of Ethicsjoevoeller

Wed, 11 Apr 2007 00:22:40 +0000

I can’t ignore this front-page story from yesterday’s New York Times about efforts to create guidelines and seals of approval to help govern the blog world. The goal, according to the article, is to “clean up the quality of online discourse.” All of this just seems to show that the blogosphere is growing up. I am sure […](image)

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“Wisdom of Crowds Hits the Campaign Trail”joevoeller

Tue, 27 Mar 2007 19:17:37 +0000

Ariana Huffington and NYU professor Jay Rosen announced today that they are teaming up on an interesting new project that will assign upwards of 50 volunteer bloggers to cover each of the major presidential candidates. See this link. Huntington and Rosen believe that this “bottom up” approach will serve as a “counter-narrative to the lockstep consensus we often […](image)

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“Just don’t get too full of yourselves.”joevoeller

Sun, 25 Mar 2007 22:45:48 +0000

Chicago Tribune columnist Clarence Page responds to the rise of bloggers and new media in his latest syndicated column. Not a whole not new here, but a worthwhile read considering Page’s perch as a respected left-of-center media figure. While I agree with many of his points, I am struck at how reactionary and conservativesome journalist sound when […](image)

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Fred Thompson as GOP Alternativejoevoellerthompson.jpg

Wed, 21 Mar 2007 15:47:52 +0000

One popular theme in the news recently is the sense of angst among a significant number of conservatives over the 2008 presidential campaign. It seems that none of the front-runners has captured the excitement of Republicans. And some have proven especially hard to swallow for social conservatives (read John McCain and Rudy Giuliani). Enter Fred Thompson. A strange buzz has been palpable over […](image)

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58% have never visited a political blogjoevoeller

Tue, 20 Mar 2007 02:46:37 +0000

Buried in the results of last week’s New York Times/CBS News poll were some interesting findings about political blogs. A full 58% percent of adults surveyed said they “never” visited political blogs. 24% visit them rarely and 14% percent drop by occasionally. A paltry 4% visit political blogs frequently. The poll also found that men are […](image)

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The ‘Most Stunning Attack Ad’ Everjoevoellerh19841.jpg

Mon, 19 Mar 2007 23:04:53 +0000

I can’t get over this new anti-Hillary attack ad. Borrowing heavily from the famous “1984” Apple computer ad, this anonymously-posted video takes a strikingly creative swing against the Senator and her campaign. Whatever you think of Hillary, it’s hard not to notice the ad’s effectiveness. It brilliantly removes the all the color and warmth that her campaign has been trying so hard to […](image)

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Boston’s Blog Commentatorjoevoeller

Thu, 08 Mar 2007 21:26:08 +0000

In yet another sign of our “new digital age,” a popular Boston media critic has announced that he will produce two weekly commentaries devoted solely to “new media.” The Boston Globe’s Clea Simon reports that commentary from John Carroll, an assistant professor of mass communications at Boston University, will now be aired twice a week on WGBH-FM […](image)

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