Which president was the first to appear on a comedy show?
Dec15

Which president was the first to appear on a comedy show?

When President Barack Obama appeared on The Colbert Report last week — as part of the countdown to the show’s being shuttered on December 18 — some groused that he shouldn’t have. Certainly, Obama has set a record when it comes to connecting with popular culture through niche television shows. But who was the first president to appear on a comedy show? (Hint: it was a Republican.) The first to appear on cable...

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YouTube Politics: Obama To Hold Google+ Hangout Monday
Jan29

YouTube Politics: Obama To Hold Google+ Hangout Monday

In 2007, Google and YouTube broke into presidential politics by holding a “debate” in conjunction with CNN. At the time, Google had owned YouTube for less than a year. Flash forward almost five years. On Monday at 5.30 p.m. Eastern, Google+ (which is also less than a year old), is the stage for a presidential response to last week’s State of the Union address. As in 2007, the questions are generated by us. And as in...

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America’s Rejection Of Evolution Reflected In Miss U.S.A. Pageant
Jun21

America’s Rejection Of Evolution Reflected In Miss U.S.A. Pageant

The first live radio broadcast from a trial was the Scopes trial in 1925. John Scopes, a Tennessee high school biology teacher, was convicted of violating the Butler Act, which prohibited teaching evolution in schools. His trial highlighted the divide between science and fundamentalist (literalist) religion in the United States. Flash forward to 2011: only one contestant in the 2011 Miss U.S.A. pageant (out of 51) said that she...

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Arguing With Heffernan: No, Weiner Is Not An “Advanced Twitter Player”
Jun13

Arguing With Heffernan: No, Weiner Is Not An “Advanced Twitter Player”

Just because Virginia Heffernan writes that Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) is “a skilled and even advanced Twitter player” doesn’t make it so. Weiner on Twitter was like an amateur pianist on an improv tear. He posted sometimes dozens of times a day, trying out the conventions of Twitter as if he were practicing themes and variations. He especially liked the hashtag and @-reply tricks that help a Twitterer cultivate a...

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Ethically Empty: Whitman Campaign Rips Off FAIL Blog UI
Jun28

Ethically Empty: Whitman Campaign Rips Off FAIL Blog UI

In her campaign for California governor, Meg Whitman (R) has created a YouTube attack video which implies that Jerry Brown (D) has had an appearance on the Cheezburger Network FAIL Blog. Ben Huh is steamed: We want to make it VERY clear that [neither] FAIL Blog nor the Cheezburger Network had any involvement or knowledge of the Whitman campaign use of a screenshot of FAIL Blog. It’s crystal clear that the Whitman campaign used...

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