Pursuing our seemly unquenchable thirst for ever more mediated experiences, a few of us went to a live audio/video remix of the presidential debate earlier tonight at Art Interactive. Some quick shots:
While the remix was interesting eye candy at first, it ultimately detracted. They made some attempts at helping us to process the debate — using the closed captioning to count the repetition of certain words, for instance.
It’s still great that they did it, though. What better argument against the broadcast flag?
Bob Goodlatte, R-Va: “It cannot be allowed to stand that another nation can impose its values on the US and make it a trade issue.” (NY Times, 3/26)
Despite some similar themes — recession, a highly questionable war — one thing is clearly quite different. NYT: Trust in the Military Heightens Among Baby Boomers’ Children
Oh, and the movies are a bit different, too.
As an antidote to the gathering spectre of a dubious war, I had an overwhelming desire last night to watch the West Wing, the brilliant hollywood fantasy of a principled, liberal presidency. Unfortunately it wasn’t on, but TNT more than filled the void by airing Dave, the 1993 movie starring Kevin Kline.
As careful as I believe our military will be to avoid Iraqi civilian casualties, a certain number seem inevitable. David Weinberger has a beautiful idea to honor and remember them, and at the same time bring across the real costs of military action.