Category Archives: Politics

A Big Mistake #WithMitt

Have you downloaded the iPhone app from the Mitt Romney campaign? I have, and full disclosure, I support neither Romney nor Obama. The app allows you to take photos that are framed with inspirational messages like “The America We Love” and state that you’re #withmitt. For supporters, this is a great way to spread the word. Take pictures of what you love about America, post them on Facebook and Pinterest, tweet them and so on. It really does sound great.

Until the wrong person starts to use it.

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Has Social Media Gone Political?

WTF? After Facebook‘s announcement of a U.S. politics page, Google‘s getting in on the action. The search engine giant is offering tools for campaigns through YouTube and a new campaign toolkit.

Mashable reports:

With YouChoose 2010, federal and state candidates who want to leverage YouTube in their campaigns can apply to have their own YouTube Politician channel. The political offering supports branding, longer videos, custom thumbnails, and includes Google Moderator and YouTube Insight for video analytics.

[Source: Mashable]

Is Facebook Becoming a Publisher?

Facebook’s big play has been on user-generated content: get your users to do the hard work for you. So, I have to say that I’m a bit perplexed by one of the social media giant’s latest moves. It launched a page devoted to U.S. politics, which seems to be a mix of status updates, links to other sites and other quasi-random resources. What’s interesting is that the Facebook team picks up some of the burden of managing this … a distinct departure from its strategy so far.

I’m probably making too much of this, but if Facebook is planning to do more projects like this, it will be moving into the traditional publishing space. And let’s face it: traditional publishing is a pretty shitty place to be right now.

[Source: Mashable]

North Korea Looking for an Ear

Copy of dprkThe reclusive Communist state wants to talk – but only to the United States. After a year of silence, it’s willing to revisit the issue of nuclear disarmament, but it wants one-on-one time instead of the usual six-party format.

A DPRK official visited the United States last week, a rarity, in what has been called a “’charm’ offensive” by Reuters. The country is desperate for money and aid.

Reuters reports that a DPRK Foreign Ministry spokesman said to the Korea Central News Agency, “The conclusion we have reached is that the direct parties, which are the North and the United States, must first sit down and find a rational solution.”

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Five Fun Headlines from North Korea

Copy of dprkI’ll do this every now and then — no real schedule. Here are some of my favorite stories from North Korea’s official news outlet, the Korea Central News Agency.

New Plant Discovered in DPRK: Yes, this refers to vegetation. It’s named the Hyangsan cuckooflower, or the less entertaining Cardamine hyangsanensis S.K.KO et J.O.Ri, Sp.nov.

Read the article on the KCNA website >>

Hu Jintao Invites Kim Jong Il to Visit: Where else in the world does an invitation become major news? It’s like “Migrant Blogger invited to get 20% off any bestseller (paperback only) at Barnes & Noble.” Yeah, KJI and I are among the elite.

Read the article on the KCNA website >>

UN Day Observed: Observed, but as you’ll see from the article, not with much zeal. Best conclusion ever: “Speeches were made there.”

Read the article on the KCNA website >>

U.S. Urged to Drop Its Ridiculous Scenario to Stifle DPRK: This is just bizarre, especially at the end, where the United States is “advised to drop its foolish scenario to stifle the DPRK by force and swim with the trend of the times toward detente and peace [emphasis mine].”

Read the article on the KCNA website >>

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North Korean News Story Too Funny

dprk propagandaI’m not normally into pulling entire stories from other news outlets, but this one was just too much. I encourage you to click over to give the Korea Central News Agency the pageview it’s earned … and to see that I’m not making this up.

All emphasis in the quoted article is mine.

Read my other articles on North Korea >>

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FLDS Goes 21st Century

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Source: Wikipedia

Yes, the same people who have banned dancing and television have entered the 21st century. While watching a rerun of Big Love, I figured it would be interesting to see if the Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints (FLDS) have an online presence. Not only are they on the web … they’re taking donations! By PayPal!

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