With the clock ticking before the first polls close on the east coast, I thought I'd test out some of the whizzy online interactive gizmos that various sites are offering as part of their election coverage. Some of them even offer gadgets you can embed into your own blog posts. Such as this one...
The 2008 Presidential Campaign gives Time magazine's James Poniewozik the chance to expound his theory that the 24-hour news cycle is dead. In its place, thanks to digital technology and the 'unofficial media', is the 24-minute news cycle.
"If you follow campaign news, you'll see this cycle in action several times a day, with stories sprouting, blooming and dying like flowers in time-lapse photography," he says.
If radical thinking is the solution to declining newspaper circulations then this proposal from the American Recovering Journalist blog is at the sharpest end of the most acute cutting edge.Â To secure theirÂ futures, suggests Marc Andreesen, newspapers should stop printing paper copies now and force their readers (and avertisers) to appreciate the online product. I think the idea isÂ closer to insanity than radicalism, but perhaps I'm missing aÂ glorious business opportunity.
Here's a nice post from technology journalist Charles Arthur on why news doesn't have to be, well,Â new. The Brand/Russell broadcast, Arthur points out, should have been cold potatoes by the time the Mail on Sunday picked it up more than a week after it had gone out. Not so, as we have seen. And he gives a neat definition that encapsulates a newspaper law: "News is what the reader doesnâ€™t yet know, but you can persuade them they want to".