Category Archives: Netroots
In another “off the hook” move, Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele announced late last week that the Party has named its first-ever official New Media Director. Todd Herman, formerly of Microsoft, will take on the mantle beginning this April 6 as part of the GOP’s ongoing attempt to take over the Internet communications.
For me personally, it is scary to see Republicans even attempting to utilize the Internet as a tool. As Twitter has illustrated, while they may be vastly inept, the Party’s eagerness is intimidating. As of late February the GOP boasted that nearly 25 percent of Republican lawmakers used Twitter, compared to only 8.5 percent of their Democratic counterparts. Not only are more Republicans using Twitter, but they’re also using it smarter, sending our more personal messages and fewer self-aggrandizing tweets (in 160 character or less, of course). All of this makes me fear the day I cannot find 984329 blogs that reinforce my liberal leanings.
Luckily, we’re not there yet.
In a state of panic, I decided to do my research into this Todd Herman character.Â And here’s what I could discover.
+ He is the guy that invented those ads that interrupt your 30 Rock episodes (basically the guy behind commercials on the Internet)
+ AdAge (now closing its DC office, fyi) named him “the media guy”
+ He was one of the 25 initial inductees into the Streaming Media All Stars (oh boy!)
+ You can friend him on facebook.com
+ He founded SpinSpotter.com, a entirely predictable Republican “spin” site that uses some good wordplay (Spinoculars?!? Kind of brilliant)
+ He writes his own really jank blog, Got Liberty? (Seriously, how do you not know how to use Photoshop, Mr. New Media?)
+ He is a former radio talk show host (Oh lord)
+ And he is a proud member of the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth
So, take my research for what it’s worth. The bottom line is that Mr. Herman appears to be a tech guru in the world of online advertising and video streaming who happens to be an excellent,Â respected software programmer. However, my interpretation is that in all of this Republicans have missed to point and the potential of the Internet. In the official GOP press release, Steele emphasized his success in advertising and financial success as a business leader and CEO. Repbublican leaders seem to be more focused on the economic potential of the Internet rather than its implications is organizing the grassroots. In the next several months, it will be interesting to see how, if at all, the Republican Internet identity shifts. At the very least, expect lots of video content from Todd and friends.
Time to step up the viral videos!
Also, on a personal note, I was surprised to see this gem at the bottom of Herman’s press release: “He currently lives in Washington State, where he works at his most important roles: Christian, husband and father.”
I refuse (cannot try) to rhyme this because the word “blog” has many limitations. Live blogging a blogging convention seems very meta to me – Philip Seymour Hoffman, where are you?!
8:11 PM – Tom Duvall just shouted into a microphone, said tonight was the greatest night in Michigan sports history and introduced Mark Brewer… who then proceeded to still talk about sports. Is game a synonym for blog? Now we’re discussing Derek Dobbies. I like his tie.
8:12 – Conservatives don’t like Obama. Obama likes blogs. Therefore, conservatives don’t like blogs. Also, we like the stimulus package, so the stimulus package likes blogs and blogs are stimulating (but not for conservatives) and Obama is a great package. SO blog for money and Obama but not conservatives (because they don’t want to be stimulated.)
8:13 – UPDATE, ALERT, there will be a Governor’s race in 2010. A whole lotta bloggers for John Cherry.
8:15 – people smoke marijuana… people who are politicians.
8:16 – Bloggers are the best! They are better than the mainstream media! They are sticking it to Republicans in Grand Rapids! PS – here is Marcy Wheeler!
8:17 – Wheeler got her PhD at Michigan and therefore is da bomb. She straight chilled in the Libby trial and clacks mad keys for automotive issues and, more recently, the AIG scandal.
8:18 – Q: Where did the need for blogs come from? A: the internet. (but plus smarter stuff, too.)
8:19 – in the good old days, Pubbies could harnass the media (like the talkey talk box!) but now, with the evolution of the interwebs, we’ve usurped their power. Apparently bloggers are allegedly feisty than Rush Limbaugh… this is probably not the case. IN THE GOOD OLD DAYS, PARTISAN SKEWS WAS GOOD AND KIND. (Or, at least wildly accepted.) Partisan journalism cranks out da vote.
According to Daily Intel, as well as our very own Emily Ernst, beloved Senator/technological maverick John McCain has started his very own Twitter account. Apparently, the Senator himself is behind this effort, perhaps in an attempt to get a little bit more life blood pumping within is Blackberry fingers. This should be disheartening to Democrats everywhere – why is the supposed party of youth and… competency still lacking so far behind in the war for complete Twitter domination… tweetination? Tweet Congress notes that seven of the top ten most active Congressional twitterers (read 70% people!) are Republicans, and statistics show that John McCain is raking up followers at the same rate Palin rakes up moose meet for chili. (What?) Maybe the surplus of Republican twitter accounts can be explained by the fact that they are damn entertaining. Some of my favorite soundbytes (tweetbytes) from McCain include “YEs!! I am twittering on my blackberry but not without a little help!”, “I appreciate Senator Byrd speaking in favor of my Constitutional point of order” (so precious) as well as the fact that a) he seems to feel a that the governing rules of capitalization and punctuation only apply from time to time, and b) he has created himself a David Letterman (Tweeterman) type persona by listing what he calls the top ten “porkiest” projects everyday. At least now I know that if I ever feel un-text loved and uninformed about what’s happening to the hep-cats of the G.O.P. darling John is only a tweet away.
Time put out their list of the 25 Top Blogs and the 5 most overrated. One of their most overrated ones, the one that hits the closest to home for me, is Daily Kos.
This hit rather close to home for me. I have been a many times a day reader of Daily Kos since December 2004. My first reaction was some variation on TIME SUX. PRINT MEDIA SUX AND IS DYING LOLZORS.
Then, I realized that I’m smarter than a YouTube commenter and I decided to do an actual in depth exploration of my feelings on the subject. My main thesis, for those who don’t wish to keep reading, is that Daily Kos has been subsumed, at least in my mind, by the diversity of voices on the internet. For those who want more, look below the fold that will eventually get put in here.
I always viewed Daily Kos as a tremendous resource. I started reading it as it was linked from other bloggers. It was like a giant planet that every other blog revolved around. Stories that came up there would then be talked about by other bloggers, or a story could become big once it actually hit the front page or at least the recommended diary list at Kos. I also really enjoyed the level of analysis that I got from there, combined with humor. My favorite blog right now is called Balloon Juice. Run by a guy named John Cole, he comes at things from the perspective of an ex-conservative Republican, who is now disgusted with the modern Republican Party and brings strong sentiments to the discussion. This is his latest post, found here:
One of the real joys of blogging is the mail, and since Obama was inaugurated, every single day I get spammed email from Clinton supporters about â€œhow all my whoring for Obamaâ€ paid off or something to that effect, complete with a cut and paste of an entire Glenn Greenwald post and a little note explaining to me that Obamaâ€™s human rights sins are worse than the Bush era and might even rival the Khmer Rouge.
Seriously. Nowhere does it seem to occur to them that as Hillary is working with Obama, there is no reason to think that were she President things would be much different. Nor has it occurred to any of them that the first few weeks of an administration is a touch early to judge the record and direction.
The weirdest thing is these are allegedly lefties- but at no time during the past eight years did I get the steady email trashing me for voting for Bush. Just weird. The Clinton cult is a strange, strange thing.
The first thing that’s obvious here is that he was a very strong Obama supporter during the primaries. The second is that there is a nice element of snark behind this, with a sarcastic tone which is hilarious. The third is that this is a highly personal account, full of his individual view. This one is definitely not as informative of a blog post, but plays along and updates his readers knowledge of his strong opinions. In a microcosm, it is everything that Daily Kos has lost.
I still love Kos’s posts. They are the highlight of the blog for me. He brings a nice element of snark and information, with a clear focus on elections and Republican ridiculousness. The other front page writers are so much less interesting. It’s not the blog has lost its focus, it’s that it has stopped being interesting. Time calls it a repository for DNC talking points, but that’s wrong. There is an element of that with long posts full of blockquotes from Obama speech transcripts, but even their analysis posts are boring. Daily Kos was my one-stop progressive blog repository, but it’s not really necessary anymore. I can get views on the issues of the day from many sources out there. Their job is to draw me in and make me want to go to them. Daily Kos is failiing in that mission now and I don’t now how it can keep competing in this brave new world.
Either that, or Markos is Satan, but it’s definitely one of the two.
A sign of the times today at President Obama’s press conference.Â Huffington Post now has a White House correspondent alongside the host of traditional media outlets from television and print media.
Yes, that is a Lindsay Lohan poster. Yes, I might have woken up early this morning to make it. Yes, it is my new desktop background.
Before you judge, I also made one for myself, Anderson Cooper, my father, and a bunny rabbit. And you can too!
Paste Magazine has unveiled a new website that allows you to make you own “Hope” poster out of any jpeg image. Be warned, you’re not the only student jonesing for a new Facebook profile photo; the website is overrun 80% of the time. But, if you wake up early enough…