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Campaign Goes Second Life

Politics goes Second Life? Well, my first reaction was pure and pragmatic skepticism. After all, I was wondering who has the time to have a second life? But my research interest in online campaigning triggered my curiousity.  So I checked it out:

 

In his article “The Politics of Second Life,” the Harvard Crimson editorial editor Clay A. Dumas described Second Life as:

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"Nauseating Tradition": U.S. Election Campaigns and Racism

The op-ed article ”Running While Black” by Bob Herbert of the New York Times comments the role of race in election campaigns.

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Real Patriotism: Flag vs. Ballot

Patriotism is American. It is a central factor in the presidential election campaign. McCain and the Republicans hammer on Obama for not being patriotic enough. They seek to paint him  as an unpatriotic popstar-like politician, who does not care about the troops, but only about being elected. Obama tries to counter that image by wearing flag pins  and standing in front of several American flags when he speaks (e.g. Race speech in Philadelphia).

 

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Barack Obama and American Studies Leipzig in Berlin

After much preparation and debate, the day had finally come. In advance, German politicians as well as the German media have focused much of their attention on the visit of the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, debating the potential location, the nature, and the impact of the visit and the speech. Prof. Rundquist’s “Presidential Elections” seminar group, of which I am a member, also prepared for the Obama visit, planning a class trip to Berlin to attend the much anticipated speech.

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MDR Interviews ASL About Obama Visit to Berlin.

MDR and its current affairs radio show, Figaro, interviewed American Studies Leipzig today about the visit of presidential candidate Barack Obama to Berlin. MDR (Mitteldeutschland Rundfunk/Central Germany Public Radio) is the leading news provider for central Germany.

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Radio Berlin-Brandenburg (RBB) Interviews ASL about Obama Visit

Radio Berlin-Brandenburg, the largest source for radio news in north-eastern Germany, interviewed American Studies Leipzig today about the visit of presidential candidate Barack Obama to Berlin.

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Radio Mephisto Interviews ASL About Obama Visit.

Radio Mephisto, the leading student radio station at the University of Leipzig with a regional listnership of approximately twenty-five thousand, interviewed ASL today about the visit of presidential candidate Barack Obama to Berlin.

Questions included whether it was arrogant of Obama to want to speak in front of the Brandenburg Gate, what his speech might portend for German-American relations, and what the Obama visit to Germany and Europe means for the John McCain candidacy.

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Study: Political Participation Rooted in Genes

After having studied the factors that are traditionally thought to influence political participation or non-participation—namely, social factors (education, social class, age, etc.), political factors (alienation, cynicism, partisanship, etc.), and structural factors (registration requirements, two-party system, electoral college, etc.)—I ran accross a new study that found evidence for biological factors (genes) to have an impact on political participation:

 

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Presidential Cookie Wars

The Nominees:

And the nominees are…

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Deutschlandfunk Interviews ASL on Upcoming Obama Visit

Deutschlandfunk (German Public Radio) did a live interview with ASL for the national morning news program on Thursday, 10 July. The interview concerned the upcoming visit to Germany of Presidential candidate Barack Obama.

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