Election 2008, Web 2.o style
Senator John Edwards did something today that will set an example for the rest of the presidential candidates. At noon, the Senator entered a room at the University of New Hampshire and was engaged in a live dialogue with UNH students and an online audience. The event was part of MTV’s Choose or Lose campaign and featured online support from MySpace.
Instead of the normal boring television debates, the dialogue featured an interactive conversation in which online users could post questions for the Senator to answer. The Web site also allowed users to vote on how well the Senator was answering each question. Some of the responses to choose from included ‘answered the question/understands reality’ and ‘bad ideas/out of touch.’ The results from these responses were then put into a pie chart and shown to the Senator throughout the hour-long dialogue. Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post presented the online poll information and MTV’s SuChin Pak and Gideon Yago moderated the event. Talk about embracing the Internet and online social networks!! Way to go Edwards!