Hack the Debate

Season 2008 Episode 1022

How Election '08 made me love Current, Twitter, and my iPhone

Aired Unknown Oct 22, 2008 on Current TV
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How Election '08 made me love Current, Twitter, and my iPhone
This is an open love letter to the 2008 US presidential election, and also an open love letter to my cell phone. But what's to love? Politics is nasty business. The two-party system has never been more clearly cut, and the nation never so lividly polarized. The election cycle has uncovered latent racism, sexism, xenophobia, and mob mentality on both sides. Then, of course, there is the weirdness of political celebrity and cults of personality. Has Dave Letterman ever been more relevant? This election is awful. But this election is so different in other, positive ways, maybe because everyone has so much more to lose, but probably because technology itself has changed so much since 2004. Effects: my friends have completely stopped twittering about what they're eating for lunch, instead posting URLs to election coverage. Friends who had never heard of Current nonetheless tweeted for 'Hack the Debate.' We follow world news and hit Wikipedia to bone up on foreign policy. Some of my friends registered to vote on their Xboxes. One friend kills time by clicking around on an election map. "You do realize you're basically doing Fantasy Football," I told him. I don't have a right to tease him: I installed Slate.com's Poll Tracker iPhone app so I can follow electoral votes during smoke breaks. Obama's campaign has an iPhone app, too, with a nested menu of "issues" and the ticket's stance on each. My workday, too, has changed: I will open a streaming video and leave it on in the background as I work on my laptop. It reminds me of the way a friend of mine listens to baseball games at his office. We are having fun with election news the way we might have fun with sports. Politics are still important, still a little scary. But then there is this: they are finally totally fun. Today I realized that I am not only more interested in politics than I was in 2004, but that I feel participative. The political process is, even in a twisted and angry way, something that makes me happy. Am Imoreless

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