How are you following the election?

Are you watching TV? Are you following on the web?

I’m checking electoral-vote.com and nytimes.com and I’m not watching TV at all.

I have a hunch that there are a lot of people following the election on the web this year. Imagine that. The web as a broadcast medium for real time information. Is it possible that browsing web sites can keep me more up to date and informed than watching TV? And without the endless chatter of talking heads repeating the same thing every 5 minutes until something new happens?

Update: I’m still interested in hearing about how people followed this past elect.

8 Responses to “How are you following the election?”

  1. Collin Anderson Says:

    http://election.cbsnews.com/election2008/ and http://www.nytimes.com/. I love the county map on the nytimes website.

  2. Anne S Says:

    Jeremy! I forgot you even had a blog! How exciting! But didn’t I see you in front of the TV for a while . . . ?

  3. Joe Bulger Says:

    Yeah, I’m doing http://www.cnn.com/ELECTION/2008/results/president/ I was in front of the tv for a while at gilbert as well, but wasn’t watching it much.

  4. Collin Anderson Says:

    I also used I also used http://news.google.com/?topic=el.

  5. John Xenakis Says:

    What’s fascinating is that while I am watching TV, I always want more detail about the subject, detail that is provided online. The internet is for people who think “I want more information that is important to me.” The TV is for those who think “I want them to give me the information they think is important.” Not to say there’s a good or bad.

    When listening to the talking heads, talk as fast as possible, I find my heart is pumping faster because their constant chatter stresses me out.

    But it was cool to see the CGI environment that they were using with the NBC green screen. Pulling out all the cool technology for more viewers.

  6. Justin Walters Says:

    I liked Jon Balsbaugh’s idea of avoiding the news during the actual election. I had men’s group - a work night - and when I came home and it was almost over, I watched a bit of FoxNews w/ my household because that’s what they were watching. When they went to bed I skipped around on the channels a bit, only sticking on any one in particular long enough to watch the concession speech and the victory speech.

    It’s awfully tempting to hang on every bit of polling detail we can grab during this period, but if I’m not careful I obsess over it and waste time that could be spent more productively. On an only somewhat related note, I’d like to share a vlog post from last december from a good friend of mine in Chicago. I love it.

  7. Catherine Bulger Says:

    I rather like doing both simultaneously–tv and internet. I suppose the best part about the tv is that it’s interactive; I was watching and discussing it with other people, which is more fun and more interesting. At the same time, I was following the particulars online, where you can get a lot more details, like the changing count for the MN senate race, which I was interested in, or the NY Times county map, which I agree is way cool. Perhaps people might cite this multi media multi tasking as an example of how frenetic we’ve become, but I did enjoy it. Why not take advantage of all the different media that we have?

  8. Mike Z Says:

    I watched the results on TV at the home of one of the men in my men’s group. Our host regularly “surfed” channels including switching from national to local coverage. (Viva le remote!) There were lots of folks there - it was more than my men’s group. There was a group of Trinity students ostensibly working on homework, some younger kids and two wives of men in the group. I don’t know how long they had been watching before I arrived. I stayed for about an hour (9:30 - 10:30). Then I went home and watched with my wife until the polls closed on the west coast and the election was decided. I would have, under other circumstances, been happier to view the results alone while sitting at my laptop. TV was a more social way for me to view the news - first with my men’s group, then with my wife.

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