CNN Live comes out on top in our Inauguration poll

January 26, 2009

Sixty-three people responded to our poll and shared how they viewed the Inauguration on their computers.

The results: Most of you watched the event on CNN Live, while a slightly fewer number viewed it at MSNBC.com

A significant number of people chose “Other”. It’s possible that some of that group watched the Inauguration on a television, but I’m curious — if you watched the event on your PC through some other site than the ones listed, which one was it? Please leave a comment!

TV on Your PC Poll - The Inauguration

TV on Your PC Poll - The Inauguration


POLL: How did you watch the Inauguration on your PC?

January 20, 2009

The Web offered us a plethora of viewing choices today as Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th President of the United States. Which one(s) did you use?


Obama girls at school, Cerberus bailed out, and newspaper websites less annoying

January 5, 2009

Baratunde Thurston returns (triumphantly) to Jack & Jill Politics with a post linking to his new article on Tina Brown’s The Daily Beast, “The Obama Girls’ First Day of School”.

Dear President-elect and Mrs. Obama,

You’ve been there. Princeton. Columbia. Harvard Law. The white-shoe law firm of Sidley Austin. The US Senate. You know what it’s like to be that raisin in the milk, the rare black face at an elite institution.

As your daughters come of age at the top prep school in our nation’s capital, they will likely face the same raisin-in-the-milk trials and awkwardness with which you are likely familiar and I most certainly am; I attended the same school, Sidwell Friends, for six years, graduating in 1995.

There are some important differences between my Sidwell experience and what your daughters will face, of course.

At Teresacentric, Andrew Sparrow posts two entries in a row on the auto industry bailout,
I Want A Bailout Too and Let’s Give Cerberus Money. He’s not a fan.

Cerberus Capital Management is the majority shareholder in both GMAC and Chysler. Despite, owning 80% of Chrysler and 51% of GMAC, Cerebrus, which has holdings worth $24 billion, has refused to inject their own capital into the failing companies, opting instead to lobby for government bailouts. This shouldn’t come as a surprise, however, since the chairman of Cerberus is John Snow, George W. Bush’s former Treasury Secretary.

Meanwhile, the “Teresa” in Teresacentric has a new “Angels and Scrooges”  episode of her Wilshire & Washington podcast up.

Zachary Seward of the Nieman Journalism Lab writes about a survey by the Bivings Group that reveals trends in online newspaper websites. For example, the number of newspapers that required readers to register in order to access online content dropped from 29 in 2007 to 11 in 2008.

Registration can be useful in customizing websites and collecting data for advertisers, but users mostly just find it annoying. Newspaper sites once embraced the technique, and registration actually rose from 23 of the top 100 in 2006 to 29 in 2007, according to Bivings. That trend appears to have completely reversed itself.

However, only one of the top 100 newspaper websites runs ads in its RSS feed.


Three views of President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton

December 3, 2008

Right now there’s a lot of spirited discussion at Jack & Jill Politics about Hillary Clinton’s appointment to the post of Secretary of State.

Jack Turner (Baratunde Thurston) wrote in Booman On Obama’s National Security Team: The Kiddie Table:

In part because I’m tired of fighting and in part because I did vote and campaign for the man, so I should trust his judgment, I’ve been laying low on the “oh-my-God-the-Clintons-are-back” reactions. I’m practicing being quiet and cool for a minute. If Booman and others are correct, Obama has isolated many of his most potentially dangerous critics and bought himself some wiggle room. What he does with that room still bears close scrutiny, but I’m willing to give the man some time before declaring the sky fallen.

On the same day Jill Tubman (Cheryl Contee) wrote Clinton, Obama and Kumbaya – I Don’t Think So:

The bottom line though is that this kumbaya ain’t likely to last. It’s been a mighty long time since Mrs. Clinton has had a boss. She and Obama have significant differences in opinion around foreign policy — for example, he always thought the Iraq war was a bad idea and she not only supported it, but has basically said that the idea wasn’t bad, just poorly executed.

To which dNa responded with Thoughts On The Clinton Appointment:

Hillary and Obama dealt with different kinds of prejudice, but they are really the only two people on earth who have even a remote idea of what the other faced. And I think that counts for a lot. They may not like each other, but for that reason I think they trust each other. As for Bill, well I can’t speak to that.


Obama leaks, GNR rocks, and Jason raps

November 24, 2008

It’s a cold and clear autumn night here in Seattle — good weather for a blog roundup!

In a November 23 post, Charles Sumpter voiced his concerns about the leaks coming from the Obama transition team:

Firstly, the transition team needs to do a better job at keeping these selections known to only the highest levels as possible on the team, then and only then can Obama and the rest of the team stop the leaks before they get out (or at least know where they are coming from). It is not a good sign for any transitioning team to watch the internal discussions between the team and the Clinton’s on national television; these are private and serious matters.

Over at Ear Candy, Travis Hay marked the release of the long-awaited Guns N’ Roses album Chinese Democracy by republishing a review of the band’s last concert that he wrote in college:

It is one of my earliest concert reviews and I almost stand by everything I said six years ago when it was written.

I will say that Axl Rose is possibly the best rock frontman I have ever seen perform. He put on an amazing show six years ago and to this day it is still in my top 10 favorite shows I have seen (and I’ve seen hundreds of shows throughout my career as a music critic).

Jason Preston’s been hard at work recently putting together The Pitch, an event where anyone interested in the future of publishing is welcome to come and share their thoughts. On Eat Sleep Publish he linked to an interview about The Pitch that he did with Ryan Sholin from MediaShift IdeaLab.

From the very beginning, I’ve wanted to make ESP a hub for opinion as much as a broadcast platform for my own ideas, and given that Seattle has such a vibrant tech community and there are inherent limitations to just how social a WordPress installation can be, I thought doing a real life event would be a natural fit.