What did they say or how did they say it?

What did they say or how did they say it? Best quote of the night from a pundit: Historian Michael Beschloss on PBS: “At times, I thought I was watching a debate between Adlai Stevenson and John Wayne.”

Personally, I have decided that the best way to watch a presidential debate is to open an IM conversation with someone who is against the candidate you support. You realize that debates are merely a rorschach inkblot test. Over the past 90 minutes, I’ve discovered in the real-time, stream-of-consciousness flow of IMing comments how our preconceptions totally dictate how one reacts to the “performance” of each candidate. Now as I watch the pundits, it’s so obvious that they have no idea how this debate is playing on the other end of the camera.

As I expressed to my IMing partner tonight, this debate was unique among those I’ve viewed in my life. The two candidates have opposite points of view on the BIG ISSUE. They actually clearly (ok, maybe not so clearly, but emphatically) communicated their disagreement. Most of the time, by this time in the campaign, the race for the “un-decideds” means the candidates both sound similarly mushy on their aims but wonkishly different on how to get there. Tonight, the candidates did a good job of giving voters a choice between two clearly (or unclearly) stated positions.

I know who I thought did a better job. I know my IM friend totally disaagrees. And now I know we’re just viewing an inkblot.

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Two Different Worlds
(Ricky Skaggs)

Search for rest of us clowns

Search for the rest of us clowns: Clusty, which has nothing to do with a character on the Simpsons, is a new consumer search offering from Vivismo, the NYT’s John Markoff reports:

The new Clusty service for consumers, which will be free and supported by advertising revenue, uses a similar organizational structure. But it also presents a series of tabs enabling the user to see results from sources besides the general Web, including shopping information, yellow pages, news, blogs, and images.

If the service is supported by advertising revenue, I wonder what Media Hack will suggest about their dilemma?

Side note: I give those Vivismo folks some credit for being bold enough to name their product something that, if not perfect, will be dubbed “clutsy.” I also give them credit for having the foresight to grab the clutsy.com URL in case that happens (or for clutzy typists).

Update: Tara (researchbuzz.org) Calishain, who wrote the book on this topic, wants to type “Crusty” instead of “Clusty.” But unlike me, she has a helpful, insightful review of it:

“I find Clusty pretty good. A little slow, but pretty good. I don’t like the ‘blog search aspect. For me, most of the usefulness of ‘blog search or RSS feed search is that you can get the results in order of publication. You’re not getting that that I can see in a Clusty search, which makes it less than useful. I’d also like to see more unusual sources ala Vivisimo, like the ClusterMed offering.”

News you can lose

News you can lose: From yesterday’s NY Daily news comes this news about not one, but two, vaporzines. And, thank goodness, they’re “shopping magazines” so they’re something new that no one has every thought of before:

Star Magazine and Vibe both announced plans yesterday to enter the booming shopping category next year with spinoffs. Star Shop will debut in March because, chief editorial director Bonnie Fuller said, “It’s natural for Star to give birth … Our readers love to come to Star for the latest celebrity trends in what to wear and where to buy it.” …Star Shop will focus on trends in beauty and fashion and include what Fuller called “celebrity love affairs with entertaining and travel.” If Star Shop sells well, it’ll become a quarterly. Urban music mag Vibe will debut Vibe Vixen in February, aiming the twice-yearly spinoff at young women with an eye for fashion and beauty products.

(via iwantmedia.com)

Bush vs. Kerry (the RSS debate)

Bush vs. Kerry (the RSS debate): Despite this confusing article on Wired.com making it sound like only the Bush campaign will be pushing out spin during the debate tonight, one can follow the “rapid response” of both campaigns. Here’s how:

Kerry campaign “rapid response” syndication feeds: RSS 1.0 and xml RSS 2.0

Bush campaign “debate fact” feeds

The unique feature of the Bush feed is that several days ago, the campaign e-mailed the feed code to Bush bloggers suggesting they add it to the their blogs and websites. I’m sure that within the next five minutes, someone will have a similar code available to make the Kerry syndication feeds displayable in the same way.