Stories Media & Internet from August, 2008
Daddy Yankee and McCain: The World is Speechless
The days of reggaeton fans singing â€œDa me mas gasolina!â€ has finally passed; now they are just speechless. Their silence came when Puerto Rican pop star Daddy Yankee announced his endorsement of McCain yesterday at a Phoenix high school.
Global: Live from the Democratic Convention
All eyes are fixed on the Democratic National Convention - and some of our international bloggers are actually in Denver, Colorado, blogging it live. Others are wishing they were there and turning to their television screens and the Internet, to cover it as the news comes in.
The Twittersphere Reacts to Biden's Nomination
This morning, around 3:28 a.m. EST, subscribers to Presidential candidate Barack Obama's text messages received the ultimate announcement - that Obama had finally selected a running mate. His choice? Joe Biden, a senator from Delaware. Although the news was leaked as early as 2:00 a.m. EST, few members of the Twittersphere had anything to say about it. Instead, their reactions were based on Obama's selection of Biden.
Switzerland, France: Swift Boat Strategy Part II
Jean-FranÃ§ois Schwab, a Swiss blogger at americanpolyphony, revisits the summer of 2008 in US politics, a deceptively eventful summer that has seen Obama's slight advantage in the poll disappear and turn into a 5 point-deficit in favor of McCain a week before the Democratic National Convention.
John Edwards: Scummy, fake, manipulative and pretty?
Since the former Democratic Presidential candidate John Edwards admitted to having an extra-marital affair, bloggers from around the world following the story have largely focused on two major issues: First, the sad irony of a politician having an affair while his wife, Elizabeth, fights breast cancer; Secondly, the role the mainstream press played in keeping the story silent.
Global: The art of gaining votes
The War on Terror, the U.S. recession, health care and theories of global warming are just some of the issues that will play a factor in who becomes the 44th U.S. president. But, as the campaign plays out, will decisions be made on how the candidates treat or see each other?
Morocco: Is John McCain Batman?
Which super heroes do presidential hopefuls John McCain and Barack Obama see themselves as? Jillian York finds out.
Australia: US Politics As Usual
It has been a mixed bag from Australian bloggers lately. Paris Hilton has brought some to life but after our drawn-out Federal election last year, I suspect many are tired of the minutiae of campaigning, reports Kevin Rennie from Australia.
Paris Hilton Ready to Lead America
"I want America to know that I'm, like, totally ready to lead," says celebrity Paris Hilton in a tongue-in-cheek online video reply to the advertisment launched by John McCain. The viral caught the blogosphere by storm, triggering millions of hits and thousands of comments and blog posts around the world in less than a day. Paula Goes reflects on a few voices in this post.