Waar was de online interactie in het debat tussen Obama en McCain?

Did anyone use MySpace’s MyDebates page, the “official online companion to the Presidential Debates”? Alas, not too many. And it looks like only four questions of the millions submitted online were asked by Tom Brokaw, the event’s moderator. That, plus the pre-agreed rules that prevented the studio audience from asking follow-up questions or even showing emotion, made the “townhall” style presidential debate more like a wax museum animatronic replica of a townhall. What a shame.
(Bron: techPresident – “Townhall” Style Debate a Dot-Bust)

Zo reageerde Micah Sifry, blogger voor techPresident op het presidentiële debat tussen Obama en McCain. Een debat dat in juni werk aangekondigd als

a “landmark partnership” that they claim “will do for the debates what TV did in 1960 for the Nixon Kennedy election.”
(Bron: techPresident – Commission on Presidential Debates Boldly Goes to Web 0.2, Launches a Dud)

Verrassend was het echter niet, Sifry kraakte in juni al de (online) opzet van dit debat: De enige online features tijdens dit debat waren (1) het werd gestreamd via MySpace en (2) burgers konden via internet hun vragen indienen.

Oh and there’s one more bone: “The second Presidential debate, in a Town Hall format, will take place on Tuesday, October 7. ‘MyDebates.org’ will provide the Web platform through which Americans will submit questions which may be presented to the candidates during this event.” I like that use of “may be presented.” We wouldn’t actually want to promise anything, would we?

That’s it. This is pathetic. It’s like saying, “I just bought a synthesizer and all I can think to do with it is play Chopsticks.”

Sifry bespreekt in zijn artikel van vandaag (in antwoord op een vraag van Jose Vargas van de Washington Post) hoe het debat dan wél een mijlpaal in web2.0-politiek had kunnen zijn.