Obama's Crafty Web 2.0 Experiment - InformationWeek
IoT
IoT
Software // Information Management
Commentary
3/26/2009
05:45 PM
Connect Directly
LinkedIn
Google+
Twitter
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%
RELATED EVENTS
Dun & Bradstreet CAO Discusses Her Roll & The Skills Needed to Do the Job
Jul 26, 2017
LWhat does a chief analytics officer do each day? To help us answer that question we welcome Dun & ...Read More>>

Obama's Crafty Web 2.0 Experiment

It wasn't exactly the Nixon-Kennedy debates, but the White House Online TownHall meeting today will go down in history, though not for the reasons you might think.

It wasn't exactly the Nixon-Kennedy debates, but the White House Online TownHall meeting today will go down in history, though not for the reasons you might think.Yes, it's the first time a president addressed citizens' questions--including one on legalizing marijuana (it's not gonna happen)--via Web video from the White House.

But the real significance was watching a president masterfully exploit the Internet as a communications tool. Almost 93,000 people submitted questions online, and 3.6 million votes decided which of those questions got asked.

The event enabled an unprecedented dialogue between U.S. citizens and the president, but in a format that favors Obama's calm persona and showcased his skill at extemporaneous speech that blends talking points with personal anecdotes. Unlike a press conference, there were no pesky follow-up questions, and, unlike a debate, there were no time limits nor opponents to challenge his answers. What politician wouldn't like it?

That said, the event wasn't an infomercial. Questioners often cited personal examples of how proposed policies would affect their jobs, finances, and health. The president's answers didn't always satisfy. Yet it was heartening not just that the questions were asked, but how.

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
How Enterprises Are Attacking the IT Security Enterprise
How Enterprises Are Attacking the IT Security Enterprise
To learn more about what organizations are doing to tackle attacks and threats we surveyed a group of 300 IT and infosec professionals to find out what their biggest IT security challenges are and what they're doing to defend against today's threats. Download the report to see what they're saying.
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
IT Strategies to Conquer the Cloud
Chances are your organization is adopting cloud computing in one way or another -- or in multiple ways. Understanding the skills you need and how cloud affects IT operations and networking will help you adapt.
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.
Flash Poll