Assessing Obama's First Term, Covering China's 'Election,' and More

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Friday, November 09, 2012

The absurd exercise of covering China's election, redefining what it means to be 'online,' and an OTM report card on Obama's first four years.

Grading Obama's First Term

With one term down and one more to go, we take a look at how well the first Obama administration did on some of the issues OTM cares about most: surveillance, transparency, whistleblowers, and press access. Brooke and Bob speak with The Guardian's Glenn Greenwald, the Sunlight Foundation's Lisa Rosenberg, and ABC's White House correspondent Jake Tapper about Obama's first four years, and what they expect in the next four.

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How Negative was this year's Election Coverage?

Bob talks to Mark Jurkowitz, Associate Director of the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism, who studied the tone and scope of this year's election coverage. Jurkowitz says that the tone of this election season was extremely negative, both in mainstream and social media.

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A Black Box Behind A Bamboo Curtain

China is about to have an "election" of its own, with the assembly of the 18th Chinese Communist Party Congress happening this week. In addition to handing over power from one Paramount leader to the next, the Congress will oversee the appointment of the Standing Committee—the group of people who run China. Trying to figure out why they're chosen is often an exercise in the absurd for foreign journalists. Bob speaks with Time Magazine's Hannah Beech who describes what it's like to cover the party congress.

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A Look Inside China Central Television

As China's only national TV network, CCTV isn't just the domestic mouthpiece of the Chinese Communist Party; it's also a global for-profit corporation with over 1.2 billion viewers worldwide. Ying Zhu, a professor at the City University of New York, sits down with Brooke to talk about her groundbreaking new book, Two Billion Eyes: The Story of China Central Television.

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Why You Can't Vote Online Yet

Election Day saw long lines at the polls and confusion among voters. Why can't we just log on and vote? Brooke speaks to Thad Hall, co-author of Point, Click and Vote: The Future of Internet Voting about why, despite being used in countries like Estonia, online voting won't be a reality in the U.S. anytime soon.

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What it Means to be "Online"

Last month, Forrester Research reported that people assume they spend less time online than they actually do because the way people understand what it means to be "online" is changing. On the Media producer Alex Goldman talks about our changing relationship with being online and how fiction has imagined us reaching this point for decades. 

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The History of Election Night

Election night television coverage used all sorts of high-and-low tech gimmickry to communicate results to viewers. The top of the Empire State Building was lit with climbing red and blue bars as states were called for each candidate, and there were the slick, luminous electoral maps activated by the touch of an anchor’s hand. (No holograms though.) Brooke speaks with journalism professor Ira Chinoy, who says that election night and technology have enjoyed a surprisingly long marriage. 

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