Monday, January 24, 2011

Obama and the Use of New Media

Barack Obama was noted during the campaign for his adept use of social media and the internet in general as contributing factors in his successful run.  The activities of this President, more than any other, are being mined as material for new media activities.  It will be interesting to watch how the media, especially the online sites, will engage with the State of the Union address on Tuesday night.  Some sites to watch:
  • Federal Computer Week notes that Whitehouse.gov will be providing online resources live as the President speaks. The article notes,  "President Barack Obama’s speech to Congress on Jan. 25 will be presented in a live video feed along with new features that include visual aids, charts, statistics and other enhancements at the WhiteHouse.gov website."  More here:  
  • The American Presidency Project has a site devoted to the State of the Union address and related information regarding it (press releases, what guests were there, what Congressional members were missing, etc.).  It's here:  http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/sou.php.  An image  from their site showing the language used in the addresses is below:  

Plenty of material to engage with the President's address.  

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