Just finished listening to these awesome …

Just finished listening to these awesome Ischool presentations: NUJJ

I. -What is a location -based service for mobile device users?

Chart of different types of interactions

Synchronous Asynchronous

Face to face communication Flyers, fridge magnets
Graffiti, historical plaques

II. Local questions and answers

You want to eliminate time sensitive questions

III. Travel Planner

-There are a lot of things you might do to prepare for a trip. It doesn’t really make sense to leave those notes in backpack. What if you could leave yourself a note at the entrance to the louvered, a personal note you wrote for yourself, and a travelogue that is location sensitive? It will be delivered right to your mobile service as you arrive.

IV. Recommendation service

-You can leave notes to people who care about it. You get it at the spot where it helps.

V. Lost & found

1. Allows user to tie locations to their notes and allows for location patterns
2. Users may only retrieve public notes from their phones.


NUJJ refers to a service they describe which is platform agnostic.

They are using the iphone to demo.

One of the main problems of the application is scarcity.

When a user sends out a message it goes out through the twitter stream. NUJJ has a special database that stores all event date. It sends out a query for all nudge data.


Trusted superusers
Better question classification for local Q&A

VI. Questions

Is this geo-located twitter? Is this all within network? Can my parents see what I’m doing without being a member?


Scarcity and having an ability to filter.
Requiring it to be social to begin with will be flawed because of the scarcity issues. Delicious works because it benefits me first and there’s a byproduct of helping others. You can’t be all things to all people. Do you find yourself go towards a certain direction?

Buy Music, Make Money

I want a song

Option 1
Price $1
But the song’s under lock and key

Option 2
The pirate bay…
Price $0
Might feel guild, might need a lawyer
It’s a no brainer
Copy music for friends and earn social incentives, for free.

Current Fixes?

Existing approaches to fix theses incompatible incentives:
So-called affiliate models. Think Tupperware.

Good: Buyer has a steak in how well a song does. It’s nagging.

Where else can we see economic incentives out in the wild?

Social incentives to be ahead of the curve: Be cool.
Financial incentives: Make a killing on Wall Street.
It’s the same curve as the sale of music.

They wanted to buy a store that…

rewards fan for buying the music they love: an incentive to buy legally.

Appeals to trendsspotters and trendsetters. Give fame in addition to fortune.

Gives buyers a sense of urgency

And encourage buyers to be promoters.

They designed a store where…
1. a song is sold.

2. part of the revenue comes from promotion of that song

Allocating the dollar

50 cent to the artist/music label
50 cent goes to all previous buyers

we want to give early buyers a cut.

You can make sure that once you buy a song you can keep that cut size. Your income growth is linear.


A new song just came out. Say you’re the 5th person to buy it, so you get the 5th largest slice, which is below a 20th of a cent. It will be 50 cents after 1,000 sales, $5 after 10,000 sales; $50 after 100,000 sales.

Make your dollar back after 235,000 copies sold. etc.

How does this compare to a baseline model?

Baseline is Itunes, Amazon etc.
Their model has a network effect.

More value for buyers wit more buyers.
There is a social effect.
Tremendous potential value over baseline for good trendspotters.
There’s fame and fortune for someone who’s good at this.

What we built:

Designed to address the usability of such a model?

Can we make this experience compelling and very simple to use.
Is this model economically feasible? Is the allocation model adjustable to create incentives. What’s the optimal solution.

We did this so can easily test things.

Separation of data, business logic, presentation

Data model – swappable SqLite “stores”

Logic – cut allocation engine

we can swap the allocator and the allocation function.
if we don’t want to allocate things for music anymore you can allocate slices for this engine and it still works for major changes.

Economic feasibility and simulation framework

-works on an actual store instance


simulated customers
decision-making modules


performance issues with Django implementation
Useful framework during next steps

User interface

user-driven design

we conducted competitive analysis
prototype tests

Key questions:

Do they get it?
Does it work well?

A store should be fun to explore

Portal page

on left, column of new songs
middle section, songs selling well
right column has social layer. they show the people who perform best and give them some visibility on the site.

Page for one song

description of song, amount, if you buy this song now and performance on the site.

There is no way to compare how a song is doing on the site
they experimented with showing the trend of a song. They did a performance indicator using line graphs to make sense of the numbers. When you’re dealing with the small numbers people have a difficult time imaging what it means and what it means over time.

Break-even point. Buy now and get 0.0475 cents per future copy sold.

Ex. bipod. They didn’t market it as a four-inch box, they said 10,000 songs in your pocket.

The Future

They think they found a way to align the incentives they talked about
A mode that benefits all stakeholders
A marketplace where new music is discovered and takes off.

It encourages legal buying and discourages illegal music sharing and piracy.

The project started as a page on a notebook.

they received some feed investment and will make it a startup and launch it as product.

micro payments
and incentives for news
they are incentivizing jumping on board and taking a risk on music in this case
it’s a crowd-sourcing model monetizing music
why not news?

Question and answer

Music has people can set trends and they are interested in having the economic model flushing out these people with disproportionate influence.

MD Notes:

One application that supports multiple points of entry.

Doctor’s information management
Hospitals are information rich environment. They are only focused on note capture and retrieval

They built a mySql database

Request/response to MD:Notes (PHP), my SQL database (emulates EMR)

patient modeled in XML
Schema to map force HL7, mapping transform

It’s driven by the schedule when someone logins.
They have different inpatient settings and the services that are available in the hospital. They are ordered in level of acuity.

once you get the patient level is when you start presenting the patient as xml

One of the reasons we’re using xml is that we need to be able to have the present not just live in our system but interact with automatic hospital system

A healthcare messaging standard for system interoperability
Must be ale to send progress notes fro the EMRI

Future Work

extending the patient model
supporting model devices


It’s a web application
Why didn’t you look to some kind of mobile application to begin with. They built a voice-prototype and mobile application.

The possibility of a threaded conversation between doctors. Will there be an ability to comment or thread.

Peter in Minneapolis

Looking forward to Peter Brantley posting up the keynotes from their conference in Minneapolis.

He leaves me with this tease: “The keynotes were both stunning; I worked with my friend Peter Kaufman
of intelligent tv and twin cities public tv to get them taped; eventually we
get them edited (in may) and release them.” Eventually Peter! For now check out his blog.

Getting into Google News

Presentation by David Meredith at Newstools and Drupal Day

Held at Yahoo in Sunnyvale
Each site is evaluated by a moderator
What do we look for?
Original content
Multiple authors
Proper Attribution
Response time
Not all sites make the cut, but most legitimate news site do.

How do we get our data

once in the site database:
we crawl the content
figure out which pages are articles


sitemaps are essentially feed of semi-structured data for crawlers to

I cannot express to you what a boon sitemaps have been to us! It’s a basic
designed to be ingested by a crawl. A list of all articles you have
published, dates, names, etc. It’s an open sic and Google uses it. Saves
Google time in crawling your site.

What does this have to do with Drupal?
–Drupal builds sitemaps.

There is a google site module for drupal

That’s getting your data into google news, now about making your data

II.  Now about search

metions “co-op” program for search

A. Syndicating from Google News
1. feeds are offered for every section or query that you can access as a
2. if you can construct a query to get the result you want, you can get a
feed of the data.
3. feeds are offered is RSS, Atom and XML

B. google news facebook applications
1. we built one entirely on top of public feeds
2. newsmap, uses static data

C. News Data API
1. more interactive API is in the works
2. many unanswered questions:

-what data do publishers need?
-what data do developers need?
-Can we give it to them?

What do you want to know about your own content do you want to know (as a
publisher and publisher?)

Clear Forest API, Reuters is starting to use it.

New approaches: trying to approach synethesized news.

NewsKnight (?) scrapes the content

Google is more clustering based, not classification based.

Very fine grain taxonomies are expensive to maintain and don’t work well.

Google doesn’t publish their process because it comes down to spam.

site: your domain name to check if your site is being queried by Google

in the site map label things that are news and things that are not news.

we like timely good upates. A good update is when the article has a
substantial change to it. But what it will appear to the system is a stream
of duplicates.

Press releases are not useful to users, but they may be useful to

authenticated response is still there and is still going for google news

how would you categorize education essays?

How could are newspapers in general at search optimization.

SEO doesn’t make sense for news. It’s not something people spend a huge
amount of time on unless they are trying to subvert the index.

There are two tiers, NY Times, Washington Post.

Is Drupal adding micro-formats?

Google in general but google news does not.

“We are not journalists, we don’t have a single journalist on staff, we just
build the technology to help the news.”

Just posted this: INNOVATIONS IN JOURNAL …

“Creating a Brighter Future”


NOTE TIME CHANGE: Saturday, May 3, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
A showcase for breakthroughs in business, technology, media and democracy

Venue: The Domain Hotel, 1085 East El Camino Real, Sunnyvale, CA
Online: http://artsandmedia.net/expo/journalism/
Phone: 415-677-9877

Just finished reading a NY Times article …

Just finished reading a NY Times article and it makes me feel live I’ve been doing it all wrong. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/17/fashion/17fitness.html?pagewanted=2&ei=5124&en=7d72893aa47831a7&ex=1366171200&partner=facebook&exprod=facebook

Reading this from Bradelectro: BART ( …

Reading this from Bradelectro:

BART (observations from a former pick pocket)
Reply to: pers-647355287@craigslist.org
Date: 2008-04-18, 1:05PM

It’s about time that something is done about ingorant people in the bay riding BART. How aware are you when you are riding BART? I know that a lot of you move here all confident thinking that your just “all together” EEEEHHHHH! WRONG!!. I am a former pick pocket that rode BART for years and looted the hell out yall. Here are some tips and stories:
1) Alway aware of what is going on behind you. I cannot stress this enough. So many people in the bay are locked in their own world (ipods, texting, blackberryies). You all never pay attention to what is going on behind you. I love this. I have actually taken peoples wallets while they are on the phone standing on the platform by literally just walking up behind them and doing a blatent bumb and lift. They had no idea that I was behind them. This goes for on the streets also. I can walk ride up on your heels, and you have no clue. Wake up cause that guy that your not aware is behind you, could be a rapist.
2) Dont put your bags under your seat. Suit cases either. I love sitting behind someone heading to the airport, having them slide there duffel bag under their seat, and I reach down, unzip the bag slightly and take what I want. I actually took someones boarding pass once, just because he was being mean to his wife on the train. Karma fucker.
3) Be careful when you sit on the benches and round seats in the stations. I have taken wallets right out of blazer pockets without even looking. Once I took an ounce of herb from a teenagers backpack while he was playing with his sidekick. He left his backpack behind him.
4) Rolling bags for work? I am not even touching that one its too easy. Let just say that if you require bringing half your apartment with you to work and you dont care about getting in people way. I am not going to care about getting into your bag.
5) People in the bay area are pussies. Even those who act tough back down the second they think that they are going to have to fight and get their designer clothes dirty. Anytime someone tries to stop me I act like I am going to punch them with the angery of a convict and they leave. NEVER been caught suckas!
6) Bicyclists – thanks for wearing those messenger bags with the velcro flap. I love that when the velcro get old and dirty there is no noise while its being opened. Where is my ipod? I probably either gave it to a deserving poor kid or a fish is listening to it.
7) Anyone who worships their possessions so much dont deserve to keep them. And if you saw me in a room with other people, you’d never in a millions years be able to pick me out.
Wake up! Cause you been asleep for most of your life!

it’s NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests
Original URL: http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sfc/rnr/647355287.html

Home sick, but tuning in to this

Check it out:

The I-World Island 24 Hours Event is Underway! and Amazing!

I-World Island opens at midnight Pacific with 24 hour concert

Friday, April 18th, 2008 at 11:54 PM by: Teeple Linden
At the top of the hour, I-World Island debuts with a full twenty-four hour showcase of musical talent.
Here‚s the lineup (PST):

12 am Mikelec Criss
1 am Jackdog Snook
2 am Cromwell  Hoobinoo
3 am Dann Numbers
4 am Allister Westland
5 am Phemie ALcott
6 am Lacoppia
7 am Spaceman Opus
8 am Erin68 Frog & satin Galli
9 am Rich desoto
10 am POL Arida
11 am Jean Munro
12 pm SHamanes
1 pm Kaklick Martin
2 pm SRV4U Conacher
3 pm Virtual Live Band
4 pm Jaycatt & Frogg Marlow
5 pm Friendly Fire
6 pm Kyle Beltram
7 pm Zed Essex
8 pm Forsythe Whitfield
9 pm Kelvinblue Oh
10 pm Tallguy Kidd
11 pm Von Johin
I-World Team are In-World Experience, they deal with Support and help to make Second Life more enjoyable for Residents. They deal with Support Tickets, Live Chat and they also give Service Updates when something goes wrong, via. the Blog. The I-World Lidens arent really as well known as some other Lindens as they are working Œbehind the scenes‚ but they include Joppa, Lotte, Kate and many more.

Call me the sponge

From the farthest corner of my home office I slowly separate the signal from the noise while working on several stories at once. I put my toe into the rapidly flowing tide of information this week and pull out  Eduardo Hauser on Monday morning who I am doing a profile on both for the Maynard AZ Column (badly in need of a new name, not to mention content so I won’t mention it) and for Newstools2008 (taking place at Yahoo’s Sunnyvale headquarters. I am looking forward to the Drupal Day more than anything, but enough about that). Hauser, C.E.O. and founder of DailyMe,  has a diverse background in law and management and is a native of Venezuela.

Fourth Annual International Reporting Conference

It’s so refreshing to hear Amar Bakshi talk about the Washington Post’s PostGlobal site. This is good design for a multi-platform approach, definitely and in some ways is a survey-like, glorified vlog that is very sustainable in terms of cost and accessibility. It’s the essence of back-pack journalism. What would be really interesting is to doing this around race and the elections. It’s an incredible idea! To watch the video of the event coverage go here. For other video about the last two sessions of the conference go here.

Covering the Digital Campaign session at UCB JSchool

2.30pm: Covering the Digital Campaign
4.30pm: Reception (All alumni invited, whether attending the conference or not)
(The 12.30pm lunch has been canceled)

Covering the Digital Campaign
When: April 12, 2008, 2:30 pm — 4:30 pm
Where: North Gate Library, Hearst at Euclid Avenue, Berkeley
Reception: 4:30 pm, North Gate Hall, Courtyard/Library
Tickets: This is a free event.
If you’ve been out on the trail this campaign season or just tracking
election 2008 via YouTube and your favorite blog, please join our panel of political strategists and political reporters for a round-table discussion on the digital campaign.

Matthew Dowd – is a founding partner of ViaNovo, an international communications and brand positioning firm. He was the chief strategist for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2006 and for
President George W. Bush in 2004. His innovative approach on the 2004campaign led the bi-partisan American Association of Political Consultants to name him Pollster of the Year. In December 2007, he was introduced on ABC’s Good Morning America as its new political contributor. He also appears on the same network’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos. He has been a visiting professor since the Spring of 2005 at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, Austin. The course he teaches is called “The Modern American Political Campaign.” In 2006, Dowd, along with journalist Ron Fournier and former Clinton White House advisor Douglas B. Sosnik wrote “Applebee’s America: How Successful Political, Business, and Religious Leaders Connect With the New American Community.”

Terisa Estacio is an investigative reporter for KRON-TV. She
previously worked as a correspondent for CBS’s Newspath traveling the nation to all breaking news events. Terisa worked as a White House correspondent for Tribune Broadcasting during President Clinton’s first term. She was later on the scene for much of the breaking news surrounding the 2000 Presidential race between President Bush and then Candidate Al Gore. In more than two decades as a journalist, Terisa has worked for television stations in Los Angeles, Houston, Texas, Sacramento, Reno and Eureka. Now settled in the Bay Area, Terisa covers a wide range of topics for KRON-TV, with an emphasis on crime, the courts and top investigative stories of the day.

Josh Harkinson is a staff writer at Mother Jones Magazine, where he covers a variety of beats, including online politics. He was a primary contributor to the magazine’s July/August Politics 2.0
package, which looked at how technology is changing political discourse and campaigning. His January/February feature focused on the role of techies in the insurgent presidential campaign of Rep. Ron Paul. He also contributes stories to the magazine’s website and blog. Harkinson graduated from the Berkeley J-School in 2002 and came
to Mother Jones from the Houston Press, the Texas alt-weekly. His upcoming feature in the magazine’s May/June issue, “Tar Wars,” looks at the politics of the Canadian tar sands.

Ben Tulchin is Vice President of Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research and Director of the firm’s California office. Tulchin has provided research and consulting services to a wide range of clients across the country, including candidates for elected office, ballot measures, labor unions, non-profits, corporations, and foundations. Tulchin serves as a senior analyst for candidate campaigns. Some of his clients have included DNC Chairman and former presidential candidate Howard Dean, former California Governor Gray Davis, U.S. Senators Patty Murray and Harry Reid, among many others. His latest research, presented in March at the American Association of Political
Consultants conference, is a study of the impact of cable television
on candidate campaigns.

Discussion Moderator Scott Lindlaw has spent 16 years covering politics, policy and government for the Associated Press. That’s included two statehouse assignments and four years as a White House correspondent, spanning the first term of George W. Bush.Lindlaw received his MJ at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism in 1992 Today he is based at AP San Francisco, where he specializes in investigative projects with an emphasis on the military and national security.

NextNewsroom live broadcast on Ustream from Duke

I am finally at the tail end of my two-week East Coast trip that started out in Boston for the Maynard Media Academy at Harvard, then moved into retreat mode in the corners of Cape Cod, and now I’m at Duke for Chris O’Brien’s NextNewsroom Knight Media Challenge grant project. Check it out, we’re live streaming and I’m behind the camera recording.

Click here for the Ustream.

Follow it on Twitter or go to the Ning group and watch it.

More later once I stop multi-tasking and gather my thoughts.

Age and the dying of the ties

I’ve been thinking about growing old in America and what it means to have an entire generation of people my age who did not have much experiences with inter-generational households. In particular I’ve been thinking about what it means as far as emotional ties to our elders, their process of aging, our own process of aging and our emotional ties to the people attached to those processes. I say this in the context of having undergone a few revelations lately.

First, my grandmother, mi abuelita, who I spent the earlier part of my life with, became a vital part of our household when Brad and I were preparing for our wedding in December. In a week I saw her step out of her depression and her isolation by being part of our small random community of international artists, musicians, journalists, nonprofit workers and random yoga teachers and people that loved and respected her. I wanted her to stay and to not go home once her two weeks ended and I realized that what I was desperately missing in my own life was that emotional tie to an elder I shared so much of my life with. In speaking to my uncle, Brad and also my grandmother the idea has now been rolling around that she should come live with us. And it makes sense for us to share our lives this way.

Second, Brad’s grandfather has cancer. It has spread to his lungs and he was in a coma a week ago. Brad’s reaction to his grandfather’s illness is vastly different to what my reaction would be if my grandmother were sick. He doesn’t know what to do, what to say and is a bit confused about his role in this process of his grandfather, now in his early 90s, potentially dying soon, though within an uncertain time frame which makes it harder. I tell Brad that if my grandmother had lost 30 pounds and had been in a coma, I would take leave of absence from my job or I would call her everyday. Nonetheless, my sleep would also be a much less comfortable sleep from my 7 hours flight from California to her if I did not somehow make time to go see her. I start to think about his response and know that my husband is not a heartless person. He is kind and I know he loves his grandfather, so why this response? What connection was lost?

The line that connected all these dots today came when I landed in North Carolina and had dinner with my two gay moms, Ellen and Rosemary, both mentors, elders and spiritual leaders. I watched their magical dance all evening as they nurtured, nagged, laughed, and ended each other’s sentences or shared obscure medical knowledge (both of them having doctorate’s). Both are in their 70s, both are extremely well-educated, independent and caring. Ellen’s cancer has recurred and Rosemary has had Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever in the past year and here they were both typing away on their laptops, dog and cat at their side, living their aging with respect and love for each other. I looked and looked and could not put my finger on it, so I started to articulate it not knowing exactly what I was trying to get at. I started slowly. “You are both exceptional people, but how many people, same sex or not, are doing what you’re doing with growing old? How is your cohort dealing with aging?

Ellen looked at me confused and then answered that everyone has to deal with again, all couples or single people have to go through it. Rosemary recommended this Web site. Yes, I said, but I have not real models, neither from television, nor from real life. I mean the last thing I can think of is “Cacoon” and “Pond’s Way,” and it was sad to fathom that amid all the reality tv crappiness out there, there was nothing that put us into the lives of people aging now in America. It was obvious to me, they needed to a documentary made about them. They laughed and said other people had said that. I tell them they are my models for aging and for doing it with style and integrity.

Whatever will come it I don’t know, but these realizations make me more mindful and give me a better framework to work from.

Race and Ethnicity in the 2008 Presidential Contest at UC Berkeley: live blogging this…

When: March 19, 2008, 4:00 pm — 5:00 pm
Where: North Gate Library, Hearst at Euclid Avenue, Berkeley
Reception: 5:00 pm, North Gate Hall, Courtyard/Library

Join Boalt Law School Dean and civil rights expert Christopher Edley in conversation with Boalt lecturer and immigration policy expert Maria Echaveste on how race, ethnicity and immigration are playing out in the presidential race. Both Edley and Echaveste served in the administration of President Bill Clinton. Now he is an Obama adviser and she is working on the Clinton campaign. They also happen to be married to each other.

Echaveste and Edley will share their well-considered (but often conflicting) views on how Obama’s blackness has been covered, why Latinos favor Clinton so strongly, how immigration will be a factor in the general election, and whether this election is moving this country — and the press — beyond race or miring us deeper in outdated ways of viewing racial issues.

Event contact:
Tyche Hendricks

I. Covering issues of race, gender and identity

A.    Questions that have come up

II. Christopher Edley

I worked in the first Clinton term in the White House and in the course of that consultancy I met what’s her face. I have a high regard and loyalty to them. Barack is a former student of mine from Harvard Law School as was Elliott Spitzer. My reasons for supporting Obama not withstanding my affection for him is that while both are extremely intelligent I count Obama as one of the 3 most extraordinary intellects in public life, I put him in the same league as Bill Clinton  and Frankton. I have worked in a half-a-dozen presidential campaign so it’s a large sample again which I make this comparison.

Beyond being extremely intelligent comes his policy work. He has a capacity and a moral compass and of whom he is which was reflected in his speech last night. Even as a law student it set him apart as his peers. You have to be able to combine policy work with a strong moral compass, it’s crucial when tough issues comes to him. The third reason I support him is his capacity for values-based leadership and it’s more than his rhetorical skills.

It’s also important o have someone who has the leadership skills to move the American people with you and develop a different sense of the possibilities both for the legislative and executive branch. If you don’t have those skills then you are forced to do your politics within an envelope. I am confident that what Obama offers us is the ability to approach all the issues in a way that doesn’t take the current politics as a fixed, as a given, but creates something more dynamic.

The fact that he was African-American was a net minus to me. I chose him as a leap of, not faith, but as a leap of hope. You know I don’t think America is ready but I’m ready to invest some time to put into that hope.

As I told a New York Times reporter this is the season for hope.

Echaveste : Why I chose to support Hillary Clinton….but having Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama you have race and gender competing for our understanding. I chose Hillary because I have too close of an eye group of what it takes to be a president day to day. Watching the president have to deal with the number of issues that come at you really requires [she drops off]. Hillary is incredibly gifted at dealing with those things. What we are facing now, the consequences are just so huge. For the next generation it’s that important.

Talks about the Clinton fatigue, the Bush-Clinton dynasty…
I needed someone to roll up his or her sleeves and start working and to move the legislative process. I know her to be a caring, compassionate person and the person you can like.

The election is more of a personality competition and that’s part of the public’s decision to vote.

Both candidates are significantly better for our country. I am prepared to work and support for whoever the nominee is.

I know how Washington works and the demands of the president. You may think a president Obama may be able to persuade Congress to take certain actions, immediately they will pull at him. As someone who ran the President’s liaison, I know how that job is.  I would have wanted a little more of the testing of his ability to persuade other members of Congress to support them.

Hendricks: How do you read the Reverend’s speech?

Echaveste : This is the latest iteration on struggling with language to talk about race. The right situation was a teachable moment and [obama] used it. Whether the American public is ready to think about what he said is another question.

Edley:  I think the speech was phenomenal and it will go down as one of the most important and significant leaders in our generation. It might not soar because of its connection to Rev. Wright. He took these issues about Wright and said it’s about what Wright said, it’s about this bigger issue, it’s about who I am, who the country is and the original sin of this country. I say race is not rocket science. Race is harder than rocket science. Race is hundreds of years and we still screw it up. So to have a president like Clinton or a leader like Obama who recognize it and put their intelligence to work to grapple with it is just fabulous. He did not try to dance around Wright and reduce the damage. HE said the way I’m going to deal with this is to be forthright about who I am. It’s something that makes him feel “serene” and he puts it out for the public to decide.

there’s a certain redemptive quality to be liberal and forthcoming about it.

It will have proved to be a political plus because it was he. Do people feel comfortable with this person, his personality, and their qualities. People got a good glimpse of it yesterday.

Echaveste: How to you draw these experience questions without the race card coming up? How can I raise them without this coming up? Obama is naïve about this ability to work with Congress.

Christopher Edley: The question is when is the race card being played?

Race card being, using race in a way that triggers the ugliest of feelings we have about race and gender. Or it gets played to criticize. The test is not did the speaker intend to tap into or animate racial animus. I don’t think the test is purely one of intent. There’s something between an intent test and an extreme paranoia test. So where do you draw the line. The answer is we haven’t figured it out. This campaign is an opportunity for Maria and I to engage in that discussion about what you can and can’t say. It behooves us all to be extremely cautious. What  Bill Clinton said played into a familiar narrative of the incompetent black male the childish or immature black male, but yet he’s beating her in polls and he’s winning.  I admit that it’s a small percentage of the population that heard it that way, but I did.

I was deeply disappointed in him personally.

Tyche Hendricks: Reviews racial comments made.

Echaveste: How do I point out that being able to give a good speech isn’t the only thing being required of a president. It has to do with competence vs. idealism, pragmatism vs. idealism.

Christopher Edley:  I reject and denounce these dichotomies. What Geraldine Ferrara said, the impact of her words on political discource on the America public. I think the impact of her words was to say to a certain segment of her audience to say “for all those who are doubtful of Affirmative Action, watch out for this guy”….There is a list of things in this campaign and offenses that are pushing buttons. It’s important to create the context for these discussions.

Echaveste: The man is brilliant, but how do you have a discussion about the qualities and skills. There’s a zone of protection around Obama when it comes to race and there’s no similar zone of protection around Hillary when it comes to gender.

One of the hardest decisions for her to make is to go and be a political wife and it’s a highly personal decision to make and in both cases you have to believe that your set of skills and experiences are what the country needs. She had the name recognition because she was the first lady, but she was the most famous not-known person. Gender and gender-bias is much more subtle. It may be that she’s captive of a generation that says I’m not going to use my gender and how that can make me a much better elected official. But she didn’t do it. But how do you not use gender. For both of them in the remaining weeks of this campaign, part of who she is because she’s a woman and part of who Obama is is because of his gender, but that’s not the totality because we want people to be judged as individuals.

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