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State of the Union Address Goes Web 2.0 239

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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  • 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.
  • Re:Early Copy (Score:1, Interesting)

    by spun ( 1352 ) <loverevolutionary.yahoo@com> on Tuesday January 25, 2011 @05:34PM (#34999864) Journal

    And I actually thought liberals might have meant all they were saying about "civility".

    Nah, not really. I'm not stupid.

    Say what now? How do you know that ravenspear is a liberal? Conservatives and independents hate teahadists too.

  • Re:Web 2.0? PFFFT!!! (Score:4, Interesting)

    by BuckaBooBob ( 635108 ) on Tuesday January 25, 2011 @05:59PM (#35000172)

    On a separate note the whitehouse did the streaming content distribution with Level 3 and Comcast users were unable to see it since Comcast is holding Level 3 up for ransom due to the lack of net neutrality laws.

  • Re:Early Copy (Score:2, Interesting)

    by spun ( 1352 ) <loverevolutionary.yahoo@com> on Tuesday January 25, 2011 @06:09PM (#35000296) Journal

    The Tea Party has never said anything comprehensible enough to be refuted. The American Public rejected the Tea Party at the polls, in fact the Tea Party cost the Republicans quite a few seats. If you have a political position, you should state what it is. Then we can debate it. As for the Tea Party itself, I have no respect for the loons who identify with the Tea Party. You may as well ask why I do not debate Charles Manson over the morality of getting others to kill strangers for you. Because there is nothing to debate there.

    The Tea Party gets my respect when it's members earn it by acting like grown ups. Until then, I can only engage them on the preschool playground level they seem to prefer.

  • PR Stunt (Score:2, Interesting)

    by protektor ( 63514 ) on Tuesday January 25, 2011 @06:44PM (#35000674)

    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 media, see we are paying attention to the public, then go right back to doing whatever they want regardless of what the public actually wants.

    Obama and the Democrats aren't about actual change for the better of the country. They are about change in the sense of getting them in office and letting them do whatever the hell they want. Like that is any different than any other President or Congress. Obama and his radical left would be more happy if everyone would just shut up and not bother them while they push more and more socialist crap down everyone's throat. They also don't want anyone to be rich, which is why they bash the rich. They want everyone to be poor but themselves. Obama doesn't talk about his net worth ever because he wants to seem like a common man, but that is crap. His net worth makes him a multi-millionaire but you won't ever see anyone talk about that. Nope he wants you to think he is just like everyone else in the middle class, which is a complete lie. Has the public ever looked at his actual IRS returns? He is no better than anyone else in Congress. They are all freaking wealthy beyond what the average American could ever hope to be. They fly private planes and chartered planes for god's sake. How many average American's do that?

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