Research into how the Obama and Romney campaigns used Twitter during the presidential election shows not only has the news cycle been compressed by a factor of ten, but the media echo chamber is also alive and well
Monday night’s third presidential debate is your last chance to see Obama and Romney duke it out in front of an audience of millions before election night. Our ultimate debate watching guide lists all the live streams, apps and fact checking feeds you need to know.
Live streams of the presidential debate? Check. Second screen apps that let you voice your opinion about either candidate’s performance? Got it. Live-teweeting fact-checkers? Of course. A debate drinking game? Cheers! Our ultimate guide to watching the second presidential debate got all your needs covered.
Are you away from your TV when Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are going to face off during their first presidential debate this Wednesday? No worries, plenty of sites are providing live streams, combined with realt-ime fact checking and mobile cheering and booing.
Brad Plumer at The Washington Post breaks down Mitt Romney’s energy plan, summarizing the plan as an effort to achieve North American energy independence by opening up more federal land to oil and natural gas drilling, the granting of more drilling permits, and the approval of the Keystone XL pipeline. Not a mention of climate change in the whole document. And there’s barely a mention of renewable energy other than some shots at environmentalists for slowing down permitting for solar projects.
Plumer points out that the irony of the energy independence goal is that the U.S. is already shrinking its foreign energy dependence with natural gas imports on track to be eliminated by 2020 and net oil imports down to 38 percent by then compared to about 49 percent today. Moreover, even energy independent countries like Canada are subject to fluctuations in oil prices because it’s a global market and if Exxon Mobil can get more money by exporting oil than it can in the country where it’s drilled, that oil gets exported. But perhaps most important for the EV industry is that Romney wants to overturn CAFE standards for the automotive industry, lowering the required MPG standard. These standards are expected to reduce U.S. oil consumption by 2.2 million barrels per day by 2025 (the U.S. consumes 18.8 million barrels per day). Plumer’s analysis is correct but all I can say about the Romney plan is that at some level don’t most Americans realize that the plan is everything we’ve done before in our approach to energy, and it isn’t exactly working.
The files J. Edgar Hoover kept are nothing compared to the data collected by the Republican and Democratic campaigns in the coming 2012 elections. Thanks to tools such as Hadoop and Hive, campaigns can now predict how to target their campaigns. What’s next?