Posts from August 2003

Wi-Fi and the political conventions

Wi-Fi and the political conventions
: Will the Democratic and Republican conventions be wi-fi’ed?

They should be.

The press should demand it: instant communication.

The delegates should demand it: instant politicking.

We should demand it: Instant blogging, a new perspective on what has become a dull, predictable, stage-managed, unimportant event.

: Update: In the comments comes this fascinating insight into technology and TV news from someone at ABC News:

Greetings:

I read your post about Wi-Fi at the political conventions with great interest. I am a project manager for the operations division of ABC News and we are actively working with both parties to encourage them to make Wi-Fi available not only at the conventions but also during the primaries.

We are planning to use Wi-Fi for our own production oriented activites including email and, to a lesser degree, for sending video files to our news room. ABC News has trained a number of its correspondents to shoot video in the field and transmit it using a laptop and DV camera.

: When I complained about having problems with my high-speed access at Doubletree (did I remember to tell you: Doubletree sucks?), a quick-thinking of marketing at Wayport popped right in to offer his help.

Let’s see who’s quickest on this: Who will volunteer to wi-fi the conventions and primaries for media, participants — and bloggers, getting great publicity and goodwill in the process: Wayport, T-Mobile, Boingo….

Geek love

Geek love
: Cory Bergman finds a frightening bit of sociology in his TiVo newsletter:

Talk about a geek loser. A Brooklyn man says he used TiVo’s digital photo feature to propose to his girlfriend. Ted Linhart streamed a picture of himself holding a sign that read “Will You Marry Me?” to his living room DVR so that his gal Rachel would see the on-screen proposal as she walked through the door. Unbelievably, she said yes.

Belch

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Belch
: I was dying to go to In ‘n’ Out Burger… until I saw this. Layne, Welch, what do you have to say to this?

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Voices of September 11th

Voices of September 11th
: Michele was aghast that media plan to pay little attention to the second anniversary of September 11, so she started Voices, a project to gather memories and reflections on the day.

Come on down!

Come on down!
: FoxNews has been playing and replaying a clip of Sean Hannity’s show in which he quizzes Arnold Schwarzenegger on issues, one after another.

If the California campaign is a game show, this is the lightning round.