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I am Cheney-cutous of Borg, lower your shields and surrender your ships. Resistance is futile.

by Team Politics
Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

From BAGnewsNotes: Barack as Spock.

Related: Maureen Dowd compares Barack to Spock:

Commanding his own unwieldy starship of blended species, with Cheney, Limbaugh and other pitiless Borg aliens firing phasers from all sides, Mr. Obama has certainly invoked Mr. Spock’s Vulcan philosophy of “Infinite diversity in infinite combinations.” And he even recruited some impulsive Rahmulen muscle for his Utopia.

Okay, I give Ms. Dowd credit for “Rahmulen,” that is funny (although I’d argue that it should be spelled “Rahmulan“). But “Borg aliens”? Every Trekker worth his or her own salt would just call them “Borg,” DUHHHH.

Interesting PBS article about online advocacy

by Team Politics
Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

PBS MediaShift has an article by Mark Hannah about issue advocacy on the internet. My fave part:

Interactive (vs. Informational): While most all other media are one-way modes of communication, the Web encourages direct response. With a few simple mouse clicks, your audience can sign a petition, make a donation, subscribe to a newsletter, or send a letter to an elected official. When social advocates communicate through other media, the goal is often to inspire a belief or attitude that will, at some point, instigate an action. Communicating online allows us to accelerate that process, and make the call-to-action much more immediate.

Guess who’s coming to dinner?

by Team Politics
Friday, May 8th, 2009

Fonzworth Bentley, that’s who. That’s right, P. Diddy’s former valet and current host of MTV’s reality competition From a G to a Gent will be attending the White Correspondent’s Dinner and hosting an afterparty with WH radio’s April Ryan.
A certain governor will not be attending, though.

Maybe now I buy it

by Team Politics
Monday, March 9th, 2009

The greybeards have been opining for some now (minutes? months?) Twitter has “jumped the shark”. The shrillest death-knell was sounded by Mark McKinnon over at the disturbingly anti-tech The Daily Beast.

I get it, Twitter is a service that’s suffering from overexposure. So it’s simultaneously cool (because everyone uses it) and not cool (because everyone uses it). But I hardly think it’s irrelevant–it’s one of the great tools for connecting people who don’t know each other. Also, who doesn’t want to hear what I’m having for breakfast?

I will say that Twitter loses cool points for being noticed by that lamest of media players, the political cartoonist.


PJTV’s subscription model

by Team Politics
Saturday, March 7th, 2009

Pajamas Media shuttered the blog-advertising arm of its biz back in January, with an eye toward building its PJTV brand.

Since they can’t sell advertising, Pajamas Media has made PJTV subscription-based. Now, I’m not against publishers making money by selling subscriptions to premium content — my favorite webcomic does just that. It’s just that for sixty-odd years, television networks have been making (lots of!) money through advertising. And PJTV, is, ostensibly, television.

Weirdly PJTV subscribers don’t even get exclusive access to the most recent content? A cursory look at the page of PJTV’s most famous correspondent shows that his five most recent pieces are free to watch. We don’t get a “subscriber only” video until the sixth piece down.

Enter the Wikipedian

by Team Politics
Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

Noted D.C. media-type Bill Beutler has just launched a new blog (”the fifth blog … since 2002″), The Wikipedian.

Beutler already writes BlogPI, a general media blog, and used to write for National Journal’s Hotline and in particular, The Blogometer.

Beutler plays with Wikipedia for a living:

In my capacity as Innovation Manager at New Media Strategies I’ve spent the past year (and then some) developing consultative services for clients regarding Wikipedia engagement, leading the white hat approach to Wikipedia optimization.

So prepare to have your Wiki-brains rocked by a pro. Also, he’s a former English major, like yours truly, so give him some love. It’s hard out here for us lit crit twits.

Source:Welcome to the Wikipedian

11 Influential D.C. Twitterers

by Team Politics
Friday, February 27th, 2009

Politico has a list of The 10 most influential D.C. Twitterers. Definitely a good list, but I submit one more.

Incidentally, you’ve been scooped, Politico!


by Team Politics
Friday, February 27th, 2009

We’ve already examined the phenomenon of tweeting during a presentation at a tech convention. But now, our Congressional Twitterers are engaging in their crack-addict-like microblogging habit during Obama’s speech. That’s from inside the House chamber, folks.

One other fun thing from that CNN article:

Rep. John Culberson of Texas, a prolific twitterer and one of the first members of Congress to embrace the technology, not only tweeted from the chamber (”TV lights are so bright I could get a suntan”) but also sent live video updates to the site as he hustled his way to the Capitol.

What a nerd.

Smart people smackdown!

by Team Politics
Monday, February 23rd, 2009

In his book What Would Google Do?, Jeff Jarvis argues for the obsolescence of lawyers and PR people:

The problem for public relations people and lawyers is that they have clients. They must represent a position, right or wrong. As they are paid to do that, the motives behind anything they say are necessarily suspect. They cannot be transparent, for that might hurt their clients. They cannot be consistent, for they may represent a client with one stance today and the opposite tomorrow, and we’ll never know what they truly think. In a medium that treasures facts and data, they cannot always let facts win; they must spin facts to craft victory. They must negotiate to the death, which makes them bad at collaboration. It’s not their job to help anybody but their clients. They are middlemen. They won’t admit to making mistakes well; clients don’t pay for mistakes.

Noted PR person Richard Edelman has posted a riposte over at his blog.

No client is worth the risk of long term damage to the reputation of the PR practitioner or its firm. We recognize that relationships with reporters, with the public and other stakeholders are a true asset, imperiled by obfuscation or prevarication.

Jarvis’s response.

Blogs gave me the cancer

by Team Politics
Saturday, February 21st, 2009

I’m blogging this with my lead vest & tinfoil hat on. “Social networking Web sites such as Facebook and MySpace may increase the risk of health problems as serious as cancer, strokes and dementia by altering the way genes work.”  Apparently Britons have seen a rapid decrease of time spent face-to-face with others since 1987.  The emergence of social networking online is clearly the only thing that has changed in the last 20 years. </sarcasm>

Bloomberg via Metalifter

I have done this

by Team Politics
Saturday, February 21st, 2009

At, Jeff Bercovici writes about getting stuck in the Web 2.0 mobius strip at a recent tech conference:

Surreal moment: At one point, the guy sitting closest to me was reading a blog post containing a photo of the guy sitting immediately behind him.

I have definitely been to tech conferences and spent more time using Twitter than actually engaging with the speakers. That’s usually the best way to find out who’s there in the first place. Via Gawker/Valleywag

Kraft Gets Political

by Team Politics
Friday, February 20th, 2009

On Politico this week, we see a Kraft Macaroni and Cheese ad that gets weirdly political:

Kraft gets political

The banner clicks through to this URL, where you can get a coupon for some mac and cheese!

I can’t wait to see other advertisers jump on this bandwagon. I want a “Fun stimulus package” from Carowinds, and an “Inebriation Stimulus Package” from Diageo.

Congress and Twitter

by Team Politics
Friday, February 20th, 2009

It’s no secret that the Team politics is into The Twitter. We use it to post personal minutiae, keep in touch with tech savvy clients, and generally annoy each other.

I personally like following celebrities: @WarrenEllis, @lilyroseallen, and of course @THE_REAL_SHAQ (very quotatious).

If you’re into following famous-for-DC celebrities, there’s a list of Senate and Congressional twitterers on Congressopedia. I’ve gone through the list and pulled the fun ones (i.e., Twitter accounts that seem like they’re written by the actual Congresstweet and not staff, that are current, and that have some substantive or amusement value.)


John Cornyn (R, TX): Tweets every few days, seems to be into media, and a good communicator.
Sample Tweet: “Check out a video regarding my thoughts on new media and its strong relationship with the NRSC at”

Robert Menendez (D, NJ): Seems to use Twitter primarily for constituent communication.
Sample Tweet: “The economic recovery package, passed last night, will create or save 100,000 New Jersey jobs.”

Claire McCaskill (D, MO): The most personal of the Senate tweeps I checked out, her legislative-focused tweets are unecquivocal (”More audits, good thing.”). But it’s the tweets about her personal life that make her fun to follow.
Sample Tweet: “Happy hearts day. Sneaking away for 2 days with my husband.He’s a great guy and a patient man.”

Chuck Grassley (R, IA): Seems to be really into Twitter, uses it to explain his positions in 140 characters or less. Texts all of his tweets, leading to some interesting abbreviation and typos. He’s also very funny.
Sample Tweet: “CSPAN 530pmEST. FIANAL vote stimulous)porkulus bill I vote NAY. Pres signs 800B$ bill Mon primetime TV”

House of Representatives

Earl Blumenauer (D, OR): Passionate tweets, seems to be really into his job.
Sample Tweet: “Instead of giving subsidies to sugar we should be focusing our resources on feeding our hungry children”

Michael Burgess (R, TX): Another passionate Congressional twitterer, uses Twitter to communicate with/massage constituents (”I truly live in/represent one of the best places on earth.”).
Sample Tweet: “Pelosi urges a yes vote on the stimulus bill. What do you think?”

John Culberson (R, TX): Enthusiastic new media evangelist and old-school conservative. Lots of replies in his stream.
Sample Tweet: “Good night all! Have hope - America’s ingenuity & strength will never be outdone - especially now that We the People have new media tools!”

John Carter (R, TX): Saucy! Uses his stream to stand in opposition to the Democratic leadership.
Sample Tweet: “They released a 1494 page stimulus bill at 11:45pm last night, and brought it to the floor at 9am. Now they want to vote before we can read ”

Ben Lujan (D, NM): Excellent mix of personal and policy-focused tweets. Apparently has a farm?
Sample Tweet: “What a beautiful morning, I fed and watered the sheep, we have 8 baby lambs. I’ll be speaking to the members of the NM legislature today.”

This is by no means a comprehensive list. But it’s a good sample of fun folks to follow on Twitter. If there’s anyone I’ve left off, let me know.


by Team Politics
Friday, February 20th, 2009

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