Filed under: Feature, ONLINE SERVICES/INTERACTIVE MEDIA | Tags: Barack Obama, Barack Obama presidential campaign 2008, Candidates and Campaigns, Politics, Presidential, Shepard Fairey, Society and Culture, United States
OBAMA-FY YOURSELF: LIKE ELF YOURSELF BUT WITH MORE OBAMA
You may recognize the above artwork from the much more popular version:
The above poster, as designed by artist Shepard Fairey, drove home President Obama’s message of hope with undertones of a propaganda-like spirit. Now you can apply the same creative spirit to your own photo. Click on the Marauder version above to head to Obamaiconme for some fun in red and blue.
For more on Shepard Fairey and the Obama arts movement, click here.
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Filed under: Feature | Tags: Andre the Giant Has a Posse, Barack Obama, Fairey Aviation Company, Politics, Rhode Island, Shepard Fairey, United States, White House
MANIFEST HOPE: THE GRASSROOTS OBAMA ART MOVEMENT
Shepard Fairey may be the most well known artist when it comes to artwork depicting the president both in his campaign for office and now throughout his elected term. Fairey, an LA-based artist, who initially became known for his “André the Giant Has a Posse” sticker campaign, is now better known for his Obama “Hope” poster. Fairey attended the Rhode Island School of Design as I was growing up a rebellious teenager in Rhode Island and is thus, pretty freakin’ familiar to me.
And that is why I jumped at the chance to go see an exhibition sponsored by his company Obey and Moveon.org on my trip to D.C. The exhibition seeks to highlight the grassroots art movement which helped to propel President Obama to the White House.
Here’s a sample of what we saw.
The Obama-fied Fixie
The Obama Wire Frame
The Great Leaders
And of course the obligatory Schwarzenegger with son sighting…
For the full photostream from the event, click here or on any of the images above.
Guests were encouraged to take a picture in front of the Shepard Fairey piece which was then uploaded to politeinpublic.com for viewing and printed for the physicality of it all. Politeinpublic assembles a list of magazine quality photos and instantly uploads the finished product to the site. That said, the photos that I saw from this particular event were less high quality and more caricature. Here’s one on my favorites:
It’s amazing that one man can inspire so many. On this inauguration day, I lift my latte to the man who has re-inspired a nation to dream.
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Filed under: Feature | Tags: Barack Obama, Fox News Channel, Inauguration, MSNBC, Orbitz, Politics, Shepard Fairey, United States
INAUGURATION 2.0: OBAMA KICKS IT NEW SCHOOL
So in true Obama interweb style, the inaugural events have been promoted with the kind of digital fervor this little blogstress looks forward to. And if you want Shepard Fairey’s newest limited edition Obama poster (above), click on the image for a link to the site. Buy it there for $20 which is a whole lot less than the $100 on other sites.
And now, I bring you Obamania 2.0:
Can’t get tickets to the ball? Can’t get a flight to DC for less than $1000? (I just did a search on Orbitz from LA to DC and couldn’t find anything less than $1,200) Watch the ball online for the first time in presidential history. I love these first time presidential digital moments. If I had a child, this could be as exciting as witnessing the first steps.
On top of watching the ball live, you can watch the inauguration itself on the 20th in several places:
- CNN.com & Facebook (above) à So far, this is the most comprehensive online offering I’ve found. Coverage begins at 8AM EST and continues through the swearing-in ceremony at 12PM EST
- CBSnews.com & Cnet.com
And finally, HBO is bringing you on-air and online access to the pre-inauguration concert on Sunday. Viewers can watch online live at 2:30 or at 7. Or watch on air for the full screen experience.
Get continuous mobile updates on your cell.
Watch the inauguration via iPhone with uStream’s upcoming launching application to be live 1/20 in time for the inauguration itself.
Download the Point About Inauguration iPhone app to stay on top of events in the DC area if you’re making the trip. This location-based app gives you some generic features like a countdown to the inauguration and your distance from the steps of the inauguration. But more useful will be metro and parking garage locations, Wi-fi hot spots, and Zagat guide. For the out-of-towner like me, it’s my in-the-know-DC-best-friend in my pocket.
MSNBC will be bringing inaugural Obamania to a big screen near you. 27 theatres around the country will be providing MNBC’s new coverage on the big screen from 11a – 3:30 ET capturing the inauguration and the parade. Free tickets are available here.
Coffee Shops (seriously…)
On top of broadcasting to movie theatres, MSNBC will be simulcasting to 650 Starbucks’ in New York, San Francisco and Seattle. Inauguration with your tall non-fat latte? No problem.
Obamania 2.0 = Democracy
Or at least a better version of it than the one we’re used to. If democracy is rule by an entire people, then empowering those people with information to this degree with push us that much closer. This much passion in our government not only instills pride but pushes all of us to move in a better direction. I can’t wait for those Freakanomic guys to some day write about the economic effect.
We at Daily Marauder will be in DC next week for the inauguration. It’s nice to know that all of you will be with us.
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Filed under: BROADCAST/CABLE | Tags: 60 Minutes, Barack Obama, CBS, John McCain, Michelle Obama, NBC, Politics, Steve Kroft
Bravo’s “Top Chef” is cooking with gas now: The debut Wednesday night of its fifth season drew the largest premiere audience in the show’s history. According to the network, the show attracted 2.7 million viewers, a 19% increase over last year and the biggest cable audience for its time slot. Broadcasting & Cable (11/13)
U.S. president-elect Barack Obama has agreed to give his first post-election interview to “60 Minutes” correspondent Steve Kroft. The interview includes future first lady Michelle Obama and is to take place on Friday in Chicago. The interview is scheduled to air Sunday. (Iwantmedia 11/14, http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/11/13/60minutes/main4599840.shtml 11/13)
Midway through the November 2008 sweeps, three U.S. broadcast networks — ABC, CBS and NBC — are sharing leadership. While CBS ranks as the most-watched, all three networks are down year-to-year. The biggest loser is Fox, which ranks fourth in three of the four surveyed categories. (Iwantmedia 11/14, http://www.mediaweek.com/mw/content_display/news/national-broadcast/e3ic9c6a9c4030ca00ae7f93ea22f3855cc 11/13)
Media shares, already battered by months of shrinking consumer confidence, are at multi-year lows and prime for an investor buying spree. The bottom looks imminent, according to one analyst. Media stocks “are very, very cheap. These are very significant buying opportunities.” (Iwantmedia 11/14, http://www.reuters.com/article/rbssTechMediaTelecomNews/idUSN1152810320081114 11/14)
Rivals NBC and Fox have unveiled a local television news-sharing plan that promises to reduce the number of reporters, trucks and helicopters assigned to cover major events — and could grow into a nationwide effort to slash one of the biggest costs for most TV stations. (Iwantmedia 11/14, http://www.usatoday.com/money/media/2008-11-13-fox-nbc-local-tv-news_N.htm 11/13)
The FCC said it would do everything possible to keep secret per-subscriber rate information it is seeking from cable providers as part of the commission’s inquiry into moving certain channels from analog to digital tiers. NCTA President Kyle McSlarrow, however, expressed concern that the information could be leaked inadvertently or otherwise, therefore exposing the fees providers pay programmers. Broadcasting & Cable (11/13)
Time Warner Cable has announced a $2 billion public debt offering to help finance a special dividend to be paid just before the company separates from its parent, Time Warner. If the separation is not completed, the company will use the proceeds for “general corporate purposes.” (Iwantmedia 11/14, http://biz.yahoo.com/ap/081113/time_warner_cable_debt_offering.html 11/13)
Cablevision announced Thursday that it had started offering Bollywood programming on its iO video-on-demand platform. The cable provider plans to present about 25 South Asian films each month, both new releases and classics, on Bollywood Hits On Demand, the company’s first international VOD programming option. Multichannel News (11/13)
Filed under: Feature | Tags: Barack Obama, Black Eyed Peas, New Day, Politics, Ryan Phillippe, United States, will.i.am, Yes We Can
ONLINE VIDEO OF THE WEEK: A NEW DAY
It’s not often that a music video debuts on the Oprah Show but here is one of those cases. Will.i.am, rapper and member of the Black Eyed Peas, most notably offered up a celebrity-filled piece of viral video as inspired by the Barack Obama’s speech, Yes We Can. That piece of video, as uploaded by multiple sources has been viewed over 18 million times.
In response to the results of the election, Will.i.am has offered up a new music video entitled It’s a New Day. While not as thoughtful and inspired as Yes We Can, the song is motivational and catchy enough that I’ve listened to it on at least 9 occasions now since it was uploaded on Friday. Viewed over 260K times so far, it’s nice to see the passion for politics continues. . .so far.
Filed under: TECHNOLOGY | Tags: CNN, Election, Jessica Yellin, Politics, Sony, StarWars, Windows XP, Wolf Blitzer
In addition to the huge touchscreen “Magic Wall” (which was originally military technology), CNN’s Wolf Blitzer gets to play with Holograms today during their coverage of the presidential elections. (http://www.techcrunch.com/2008/11/04/forget-the-magic-wall-cnn-now-has-holograms 11/4)
Asus, the computer manufacturer best known for its lightweight, inexpensive Eee netbooks, has introduced the Eee Top 1602, a loaded version that features a 15.6-inch touch screen. The model also boasts Windows XP, 1GB of main memory, a 1.3-megapixel webcam and a 160GB hard drive. Techworld (11/4)
Sony has launched a new audio CD format dubbed Blu-spec, which apparently allows users to burn discs with the Blu Laser Diode system without losing compatibility with existing CD drives. Sony expects to offer about 60 titles by Christmas time, but Blu-spec discs currently are only available in Japan. Pocket-lint.co.uk (11/5)
Filed under: Feature | Tags: Barack Obama, Election 2008, John McCain, Politics, Republican, Sarah Palin, Torture, United States
ONLINE VIDEO OF THE WEEK: BUSH ENDORSES MCCAIN SNL STYLE
Ah, Will Farell. How I’ve missed you. McCain, Bush, and Palin. . .oh my!