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How Bill Maher Is Enlisting Social to Unseat an Incumbent Member of Congress

placeholder-episode-default-1024Television has been an integral part of the U.S. political process since September, 1960, when John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon faced off in the first nationally televised presidential debate; social TV has become a major player since the 2008 presidential election.

Two weeks ago on HBO’s “Real Time,” Bill Maher announced a new initiative to shake up the relationship between social and politics. As we reported, Maher plans to flip a congressional district in the upcoming mid-term elections by periodically going to specific congressional districts, talking about that congressman, and seeing if “we can’t get some change effected in America.”

On the show, Maher solicited viewers to submit nominations via Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram using hashtag #flipadistrict. Bill will ultimately choose the district to pursue, but it will be based on viewer response.

The experiment caught our eye, and Lost Remote recently talked to “Real Time” EP Scott Carter about how the show conceived the idea, and how #flipadistrict will be incorporated into upcoming episodes. Read more

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On ‘Real Time,’ Bill Maher announces plans to #flipadistrict

real_time_with_bill_maher-show1_9307Friday night on HBO’s ‘Real Time’, Bill Maher pointed out that while Congress has a 13% approval rating, 90% of incumbents are re-elected each term.

On ‘Real Time,” Maher has consistently addressed the subjects of congressional inaction and ineptitude through his monologue, panel, and ‘New Rules’ segments. Perhaps Maher realized the limits of this format, so on Friday night Maher announced that he and his show would attempt to bring about true change in a more direct way:

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How PBS documentary ‘As Goes Janesville’ inspired the corporate responsibility app BizVizz

Three months ago, ”As Goes Janesville” premiered as part of PBS’s Independent Lens series. The film explores the struggle of Janesville, Wisconsin since the economy began its nosedive in 2008. The producers of the film, 371 Productions will launch on February 4th (in conjunction with the documentary’s rebroadcast) BizVizz “a transmedia component of the As Goes Janesville project.”  Read more

An inside look at CNN’s election social TV success

Hurricane Sandy is still dominating news coverage, but the election is still rumbling our way as well. CNN has had tremendous success this election cycle that has put them at the top of Trendrr’s social leader board for all three presidential debates and the veep debate (more than ten networks aired these debates). We spoke with Steve Krakauer the  Senior Digital Producer CNN/US about the strategy that led to this success.  Read more

How the debate moderators fared in Twitter analysis

With the next debate right around the corner, Twitter sent us an email today with some interesting stats around the moderators of the last two debates. “We put both Jim Lehrer and Martha Raddatz through the same algorithm we use for the candidates’ Twitter Political Index, where they are related to a 0-100 scale of all other topics on Twitter,” explains Twitter’s Rachael Horwitz. “Scores above 50 are among the more positively-tweeted topics, while below 50 are among the more negative.”

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How CNN and SnappyTV created social TV producers for the debates

Debate season is in full force and social TV continues to define viewers reactions to these broadcasted spectacles. In our preview of the first election we wrote about CNN allowing viewers to become live TV producers by giving viewers the opportunity to clip and share their favorite moments in real-time. SnappyTV is the social TV technology platform that has made this possible for both the first presidential debate and tonight’s veep debate. The company has just released an infographic visualizing tonight’s debate and snaps. We also learned more about how this forward-thinking partnership with CNN works. Read more

Democratic Convention on pace to trump GOP in social media

Updated: Just after midday on Wednesday, the DNC matched the total volume of tweets as the entire RNC event, Twitter says. Earlier: Perhaps this shouldn't come as a surprise, but the DNC is out to a much stronger start than the RNC on social media. Twitter said that Michelle Obama's speech peaked at more tweets per minute (28,003) than Mitt Romney's speech (14,239) by a big margin...

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