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We’ve got a new President, and he’s got a lot to do.

I think with this new Presidency, more than ever, people – particularly younger generations or those previously only semi-interested in politics (I’m guilty-as-charged) and/or our country as a whole – will want to educate themselves. So here is the new and improved go-to destination for information on our President’s administration and their plans. Read about WhiteHouse.gov and learn more about how digital will continue to play an integral role in President Obama’s communication with us.

Click on “3” to get more information. I have a particular interest in this new model of information sharing because the idea of ‘transparency’ is much-discussed and debated topic in branding and marketing. Generally, the idea of transparency is such that marketers are up front, act honestly, don’t hide behind the curtain, so to speak. (They’re not the wizard in The Wizard of Oz!) They are out in the open, for their customers/audience to see and interact with, if possible.

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I think this is interactive concept is great and makes sense for President Obama and how he will carry out his Presidency. It not only communicates clearly what it is he plans to DO, but also makes him more accountable as things are clearly shared here. It’s much more direct compared to typical news sites that report the latest updates or blogs that regurgitate. Of-course we have always had the traditional news sources that would communicate anything and everything related to politics, past Presidents’ initiatives, etc. But how did their forms of communication affect our feelings of connectedness to past Presidents, what goes on in this country, and how we think about our role in this country? It probably didn’t.

I think giving Americans (and anyone else who can access the site) this revived source (and in an aesthetically pleasing way) is just one small way our new President has shown his intentions to act honestly, speak straight-forwardly, and remain committed to we, the People.

Regardless of your political stance, or who got your vote, it is worth considering the meaning of so many people today, coming together, rejoicing, recognizing, and celebrating. And I don’t think it is just the fact that Obama was elected and today became our new President that ignited people into an emotional frenzy. I think it is the realization that a renewal brings possibility – and yes, hope.

Forget about your political leanings – aren’t we all ready to turn this country around? Yes, we are.

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President Obama’s Inauguration address, visualized through Wordle. My version, using Alpha Fridge Magnets All Cap. See gallery here.

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Isn’t it time we reinvigorate our thinking and start asking more questions? Yes, says The Atlantic. Their refreshing thought initiative, The Atlantic Project, challenges America to Think. Again. 


Get in on the discussion starting with a range of questions such as:

Should women settle? Why do Presidents lie? Which religion will win? Is porn adultery? Is Google making us stupid? When is evil cool?

Each topic is accompanied with sources for more reference (beyond your own opinion and knowledge). Click on an image or topic at the bottom of the page and find either an article, short documentary, video, and/or blog for more information.

Ready. Set. Go.

I just experienced my 1st caucus. A few observations of interest to me:

1. When I drove up to my caucus, I was taken aback by the line. It wrapped around the corner of the church. I was thankful it wasn’t -10 degrees like it has been lately.

2. Once inside, I noticed that 95% of the crowd looked to be 35 or under. Gave me encouragement when I saw us younger people out, trying to instigate change.

3. The voting process was so easy. And surprisingly non-technical, as I thought it might be. I wrote my name, address, email, phone number, and district on a sheet of paper. Then I was handed a piece of paper that looked like it was meant for covering a Bingo game card. I was slightly confused as to how to cast my vote. After wandering over to what looked like a paper-wrapped shoebox that said “ballots”, I firmly wrote “Barack Obama”. And dropped the little piece of paper inside the slot.

4. I took some pics so I could engage in some “citizen journalism” via The New York Times.com. Browse them all here. (I submitted 4, not sure which one are up yet.)

If you’re planning on going to caucus on Tues. 2/5, consider snapping a few pictures for The Polling Place Photo Project.

via The New York Times:
The Polling Place Photo Project is a nationwide experiment in citizen journalism that encourages voters to capture, post and share photographs of this year’s primaries, caucuses and general election. By documenting local voting experiences, participants can contribute to an archive of photographs that captures the richness and complexity of voting in America.”

“Citizen journalism” – love it.

Take part in storytelling.

Not surprisingly, Shepard Fairey’s limited edition Barack Obama posters have sold out. No plans to produce more, either…


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