- Quote: It is early evening in Berkeley, California, and Chrissy Schwinn, a sinophile environmentalist, walks ten feet from her kitchen to her home office for her Chinese lesson. She has already listened to that day’s dialogue, which arrived as a free podcast, on her iPod. She has also printed out the day’s Chinese characters, which arrived along with the podcast. Now her computer’s Skype softwareâ€”which makes possible free phone calls via the internetâ€”rings and â€œVeraâ€, sitting in Shanghai where it is late morning, says Ni hao to begin the lesson. One might call it â€œlanguage-learning 2.0,â€ says Ken Carroll…
Note: So I’m thinking this is a great example of what we can do if we want to do it. If, of course, we have access.
– post by willrich
- Quote: The quadrennial ritual of presidential debates has long followed a tried and true format.
A guy in a suit asks mostly predictable questions of other suits. The voter is a fixture in the audience, motionless until he or she gets to address the candidate, briefly and respectfully. Everything is choreographed.
Now imagine a kid in jeans and a T-shirt asking a question, less reverentially, more pointedly and using powerful visual images to underscore the point. Maybe he or she will ask about the war in Iraq â€” and show clips from a soldierâ€™s funeral. Or a mushroom cloud. If global warming is the issue, the videographer might photoshop himself or herself onto a melting glacier. The question might come in the form of a rap song or through spliced images of a candidateâ€™s contradictory statements.
The presidential debates are about to enter the world of YouTube, the anything-goes home-video-sharing Web site that puts the power in the hands of the camera holder. YouTube, which is owned by Google, and CNN are co-sponsoring a debate among the eight Democratic presidential candidates on July 23 in South Carolina, an event that could define the next phase of what has already been called the YouTube election, a visual realm beyond Web sites and blogs.
Note: And with the first primary coming at MySpace on Jan. 1 and 2, can we safely say that politics may never be the same?
– post by willrich
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