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Obama Plans Online Video Strategy
U.S. Sen. Barack Obama reportedly has a deal with Brightcove to manage his online video strategy as the senator prepares to possibly run for president next year. On the one hand, one wonders how much anyone will care about a candidate's canned, pasteurized, bland campaign videos. On the other, online video can create a powerful opportunity for a charismatic candidate to communicate directly with potential voters.
--Mitch Wagner
informationweek.com/1122/blog_obama.htm

The pro-IT labor candidates will find themselves with an army of technologists ready to support their online efforts at little or no cost.

I would also point out that offshoring will continue to be a dirty word, only this time we have people elected who say they're going to do something about it. I predict major legislation between now and 2008 on trade, offshoring, and innovation. I suspect that it will be a good two years for American workers and IT corporations. Workers will get the investment and protections they need, and corporations will see major IT-related public works projects both in health care and broadband initiatives. If corporations were smart, they would drop their anti-worker agenda and just maybe they would find an army of self-appointed lobbyists working on their behalf when it comes to innovation issues. --R. Lawson

The Internet will change our politics irrevocably. As younger voters enter the world Internet-savvy, they've gravitated to the Web over TV, cable, and newsprint. There is no reason to think that they won't continue their maturity into technology. And younger voters are sharper than we sometimes give them credit for. It's getting tougher for the likes of MoveOn.org to pull the wool over their eyes today. The medium is the message. Obama, Hillary, or anyone, for that matter, will have to embrace the Internet. And for much more than their fund raising. The 2006 election had the senator from Virginia on YouTube.com making racial slurs--he lost.

Internet politics is low budget, but it's not likely to stay low budget. It won't be ancillary. The new media is www and will inexorably change our methods of communicating. The Internet will become the primary method of getting candidates' messages out. And the politician who uses it in a cynical way will find his readers more insightful than he imagines. --James Earl

It's a good thing when you take the middlemen out of the picture. It allows the audience to get the lies directly from the politicians. News media cobwebs don't like their industry's transformation to information media. They attack blogs and the Internet for being unchecked. But this thing you're sitting in front of is their future, whether they like it or not. --Magar

Taking The iPhone To Task
Apple CEO Steve Jobs was the star of the Mac(world) universe when he unveiled the ber-cool iPhone. It's earning kudos in many circles as a "leapfrog" device, but it's also prompting a backlash.

In that vein, we presented a list of questions that take a few pointed, but not necessarily unfair, potshots at Apple's as-yet-unproven prod-uct. Readers had a lot to say.
--Alexander Wolfe
informationweek.com/1122/blog_iphone.htm

Many of the things you mention are legitimate, but if I dig on any device, I can find trouble, including two Razrs that I've had to replace for faulty something-or-others, my wife's virus-ridden PC, and my Palm Treo with eight malfunctioning keys. The real draw is this: Give me a UI that makes sense on a stable platform and I'll buy it. (My Mac is currently on day 378 without a crash, wipeout, or shutdown, and I use it 18 hours a day for video.) Why should I have to adjust my life to fit my devices? Shouldn't it be the other way around? I believe it should, and I don't care if Apple has to rename [the iPhone]. Honestly, are these the best gripes you have? --Jacob R.

Admittedly, the iPhone's use of Cingular's network at data speeds of between 75 Kbps and 135 Kbps is going to be slow when downloading with the phone service. However, I'm usually around a Wi-Fi hotspot. How much faster would you like it?

"Why should you pay $500 for an iPhone when you can get a full-function, music-capable handset like the LG Chocolate for $100, or a Samsung Blackjack for $200?" Same reason I don't drive a 1995 Sentra or buy one-ply toilet paper. Did you watch Steve use that phone? That thing is hot. --Ryan F.

Let's be honest here. Apple is just making another product and following the lead of products already on the market. This isn't innovation, this is conglomeration. Doesn't matter how slick it looks, it's from Apple so it has to be superior, right?

When it comes to computers, I would rather live in the bigger proprietary Windows world than the smaller proprietary Mac world. When it come to phones, of course I'll go with a big cell phone company like Apple, right? But it's an Apple, so it's superior, right?

Hopefully, you picked up on all this sarcasm. This is just another gadget among other gadgets. Not revolutionary, it's just from Apple, the well-known cell phone maker, so it has to be better than anything else. --Chaz

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