True to the progressive platform he pimped to get into office (I say that with love), Obama is taking a different approach to the “fireside chat” instituted by FDR from 1933 to 1944. Gone is the one-way radio broadcast that US citizens huddled around to be told about their country’s future from its fearless leader. The Interactive Age demands something more … well, interactive.
Whitehouse.gov runs a different kind of chat. For the past few weeks citizens were invited to submit and vote on questions for the President. This process ended today at 9:30 am with the following stats:
91,498 people have submitted
3,562,315 votes have been cast
Whether Obama’s intimate-Internet approach will work or bring much needed calm to the American people remains to be seen. Today at 11:30 am he will deliver something seemingly different: a digitalogue with citizens about the issues they care most about right now. On a personal note, I’ve been to town halls in my large corporation with only a few thousand employees on the call at once – these are not the most intimate, relevant, or current dialogues – in fact they seem mostly like infodumps until someone asks a hard question that ruffles the CEO’s feathers (but even these questions just seem like complaining most of the time). If Obama wants something completely different let’s see him hold a Twitterside Chat – that would be really impressive – we’ll see if this truly is something different.
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