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State of the Union Address Goes Web 2.0 239

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the state-of-the-union-is-404 dept.
CWmike writes "The White House will be tapping Web 2.0 technology to reach out to Americans during and after the president's State of the Union address tonight. While President Barack Obama makes his annual address starting at 9 p.m. ET, the official White House Web site will have a live stream of the speech, along with charts and statistics to provide context and emphasize key points. 'We're putting the finishing touches on a new feature for WhiteHouse.gov that will offer an enhanced viewer experience for President Obama's State of the Union address,' wrote Macon Phillips, the White House director of new media, in a blog post. Immediately after the State of the Union address, the White House will host an Open for Questions event on Twitter. Several senior administration officials will be fielding questions submitted on the White House Facebook page, the White House Webform, or via Twitter using the #sotu hashtag and responding to @whitehouse. And on Wednesday, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs will take citizens' questions via Twitter before his post-State of the Union briefing. Anyone interested can follow @PressSec on Twitter to find out when Gibbs will take questions and post video responses. To submit a question for him, respond to @PressSec using the hashtag #1Q. At 2:30 p.m. Eastern on Thursday, Obama will take questions live on YouTube."
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State of the Union Address Goes Web 2.0

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  • feh (Score:3, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 25, 2011 @05:10PM (#34999536)

    I won't be watching, The Real Housewives of New Jersey is on.

    More honest likable people.

  • Don't open up discussion on Twitter. You can't say anything worth while there. Everyone knows this. All that will be there are trolls and worshipers.

    "OBAMA U TARD KENYAN!"
    **Comment Deleted**
    "CENCERSHYPPP!!!!!!111"

  • "Web 2.0"? Really? (Score:3, Insightful)

    by karmac0ma (1111641) <bollecs@solle[ ]rg ['c.o' in gap]> on Tuesday January 25, 2011 @05:14PM (#34999604)
    Since when is video streaming a "Web 2.0" thing? That term seems to be tacked into everything web-related nowadays.
    • by eepok (545733) on Tuesday January 25, 2011 @05:16PM (#34999620) Homepage

      I think the 2.0 comes with taking comments and questions from Twitter and Youtube-- the bastions of reasonable discourse on the web.

      • Doh, you're totally right. Knee-jerk reaction to the first sentence without reading the summary properly. Facepalming now.
        • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

          Doh, you're totally right. Knee-jerk reaction to the first sentence without reading the summary properly. Facepalming now.

          Which summarizes Web 2.0 extremely well.

      • by dn15 (735502)

        I think the 2.0 comes with taking comments and questions from Twitter and Youtube-- the bastions of reasonable discourse on the web.

        I'd question whether those are really "Web 2.0" either. They're just web pages with comments on them. Basically a public forum that got really popular. :)

        • by VGPowerlord (621254) on Tuesday January 25, 2011 @05:34PM (#34999870)

          I think the 2.0 comes with taking comments and questions from Twitter and Youtube-- the bastions of reasonable discourse on the web.

          I'd question whether those are really "Web 2.0" either. They're just web pages with comments on them. Basically a public forum that got really popular. :)

          Which summarizes Web 2.0 extremely well.

          • by Mashiki (184564)

            Which summarizes Web 2.0 extremely well.

            Welcome to Gopher and Usenet 20 years ago? Old is new with a different label.

        • by Coren22 (1625475)

          Web 1.0 supposedly is static web sites. Web 2.0 encompasses anything that allows users to interact back. Facebook, Myspace, Twitter, stuff like that. According to the marketing morons that came up with the phrase "web 2.0", Slashdot is in the list.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 25, 2011 @05:15PM (#34999610)

    watch it on www.WhiteHouse.com.

    • watch it on www.WhiteHouse.com.

      I can't, that's blocked where I work.

      I guess they're as much behind the times as you are, seeing as how whitehouse.com hasn't been a porn site for years.

  • by slick7 (1703596) on Tuesday January 25, 2011 @05:16PM (#34999628)
    Actions speak louder than words. The actions taken by government for the last twenty years show the American people are not of interest.
    • by Nadaka (224565)

      Its at least 10 years for me. Clinton was slightly above acceptable, Bush Sr was slightly below acceptable. Reagan, Bush Jr and Obama have been horrible. Not old enough to have any first hand opinions of the previous presidents.

      • by corbettw (214229)

        Its at least 10 years for me. Clinton was slightly above acceptable, Bush Sr was slightly below acceptable. Reagan, Bush Jr and Obama have been horrible.

        Um, Reagan left office 23 years ago.

        • by Nadaka (224565)

          And Clinton left 10 years ago. I liked Clinton because he did his job well enough. I need to have made a new years resolution to keep tangential subjects in separate paragraphs even if I only intent on using a couple sentences, I also need to avoid excessively long sentences, and possibly excessive comma splicing.

      • by protektor (63514)

        Regan was great for this country. We had great economic growth which drove the Democrats crazy. We had low unemployment and nice growth of entrepreneurs. Everything after that was down hill. Some more downhill than others, but downhill not the less. Too bad Clinton didn't actually help with the Internet. We were just fortunate that he stayed the hell out of the way and let it happen. Now Obama and his Congress seem intent on putting a nice strangle hold on it with all their regulations and what not. So we

        • by Nadaka (224565)

          Are ye daft? Reagan oversaw the 4th worst economic downturn in US history. The three that were worse were the Civil War, the Great Depression and the Presidency of Bush jr. His economic policy was amazingly bad. Its the kind of backwards hairbrained proven bad bs that you might have expected some uneducated cowboy actor come up with.

  • BFD (Score:4, Interesting)

    by h00manist (800926) on Tuesday January 25, 2011 @05:17PM (#34999638) Journal
    We want to WRITE the state of the union in a wiki, not read about it on the web and make "comments" that are filtered, censored and nobody can read. It's a two-way free access medium, not a TV with a phone next to it.
  • by trollertron3000 (1940942) on Tuesday January 25, 2011 @05:21PM (#34999692)

    Wait until it's in 3D, which they are working on using the same technology Cameron used for Avatar. You'll be able to see how you're being fucked in 3D. Imagine that!

    • I'm from the future. When they got the 3D tech worked out 3D Obama was amazing, especially the part where he reached right into my pocket and removed the cash from my wallet directly, then I got to see it handed over to Goldman-USA-GM (they have merged in our time and are usually referred to as "The Collective") in real-time!

      Oddly though when I tried to give Obama a hug to let him know how awesome he was I received a mild electric shock instead of a warm embrace.

      • When they got the 3D tech worked out 3D Obama was amazing

        So the 3DO is making a comeback? Please, say it ain't so!

  • The previous administration used the #stfu tag.
    • by corbettw (214229)

      Really really really makes me wish the Founders had required the President to deliver a report on the "State of The Federal Union".

  • by lymond01 (314120) on Tuesday January 25, 2011 @05:30PM (#34999834)

    And here today at lunch I just opened a Twitter account. Sort of shatters your image of people you used to think were pretty cool. Except for Nathan Fillion. He rocks.

    Anecdote: David Plouffe (once Obama's campaign manager, now senior advisor) spoke at our university last year. When asked by a student why, now that he was elected, Obama was no longer calling on the nation to do for themselves, "Yes we can!", etc. He completely dismissed (complete with dismissive hand wave) that whole concept of team effort, saying now that the election is done, "It wouldn't work. It just wouldn't." And went onto another topic. My question to him was going to be, "Remember when Joe the Plumber told the news that he felt like he needed a shower when he got off McCain's bus? I don't see Obama being slimy like McCain. You seem to fit the bill though. True?" Ran out of time though.

  • Someone should try to Rickroll the president on live TV.

    I'd watch the State of the Union if I thought that might happen.

    Commentator: the President is now taking comments from the internet, and is clicking on the question. "Never gonna give you up, never gonna ... ".

    Now that's entertainment. Then, of course, we need a live feed of the poor bastard whose hacked computer did this so we could watch the black-ops guys swoop in and haul him away.

    Someone should get on that. Excuse me, I think I hear a knock at

  • I'm posting this comment with Web3.0!! Way to live in the past Obama! I got iPads and Androids running with 7G, I'm so Web 3.0 even my Sunglasses and Pickup truck are HD.

    How long before presidential speeches go the way of the GPU industry and they just start skipping 100's and then thousands, unill they finally realize the number they used in the name of the speech is so long they can't print it on CNNs intro splash screen any more so they have to start preceding the number with an X to represent the digits
  • I want it to tick over for every lie he makes.

    No, this isn't specific to Obama, they all do it. Obama's just most famous for it because Alito called him on one lie during his last SOTU.

    • by H0p313ss (811249)

      Obama's just most famous for it because Alito called him on one lie during his last SOTU.

      [Citation needed]

      Not Alito's BS, I mean evidence that he lied. My recollection is that Alito blew up and spewed ignorant rhetoric.

  • Slides, context (Score:5, Insightful)

    by MobyDisk (75490) on Tuesday January 25, 2011 @06:07PM (#35000268) Homepage

    I am glad to see this happening, but saddened that it is such a big deal. In the corporate world, no CFO gives a presentation without slides showing the information and references to back it up. In every board room, you have a projector, a conference call system, and attendees with laptops. Every statement is cited with specific numbers and backed-up with links and references.

    But in politics, someone can hold a speech or a debate and there are no slides, no links, and no references. Two candidates in a debate can quote entirely different numbers for the same thing, and even change their numbers from speech to speech. It it is up to the listeners to find sources after the fact. It is really quite silly. If businessmen operated like political candidates they would be ousted after the first board meeting.

    I always imagined that if I was up there I would say "The US imports XXX barrels of oil, according to Gartner research" and a slide would appear showing the number within context of other nations, and a link to the research report. I know that only .01% of people would actually look that up, but much like open source, not everyone has to do that. It's just all a part of promoting transparency and accuracy. If the other side wants to quote a different number, that's fine, then they can post their links as well.

    • by Shotgun (30919)

      no CFO gives a presentation without slides showing the information and references to back it up

      Unless the CFO is actively trying to pass off a lie.

      And there's your answer.

    • by kbielefe (606566)

      This state of the union address contains forward-looking statements which reflect the administration's best judgment based on factors currently known. However, these statements involve risks and uncertainties, including a Republican-controlled House, talk radio, the tea party, as yet undiscovered problems to blame Bush for, and other risks detailed in our annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2009 and our quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2010. These risk

  • by markdavis (642305) on Tuesday January 25, 2011 @06:23PM (#35000434)

    The official link: http://www.whitehouse.gov/sotu [whitehouse.gov]

    All I get is:

    "Our Apologies....The site is currently undergoing maintenance. We appreciate your patience while we make some improvements. Please check back soon."

    I was very disappointed. I was so looking forward to getting a message about how my standards-based Linux + Firefox could not watch the video because I am not using MS-Windows, IE, and/or Silverlight.

    • by zero0ne (1309517)

      Site is up for me - Chrome no less

    • by markdavis (642305)
      Looks like the site is up now. Although it is not streaming video yet... so no knowing if it will work under 9pm EST. I did notice an iphone app with no Android app, though. Hmm
  • PR Stunt (Score:2, Interesting)

    by protektor (63514)

    This is a total PR stunt. They have absolutely no plans to actually take real questions from real people. I wouldn't be suprised if they didn't already have lined up who they would take questions from and that they will be total softball or cream puff questions. There is no chance they will take any tough or difficult questions that require real thought and real committment to actually comment on an issue or make a real change. This is merely a stunt. They are only doing this so they can say in the mass med

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