Obama Wins, CNN Has Fun with Technology

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While we tend to shy away from overt political opinions here on Armchair Arcade for obvious reasons (i.e., some people can be extremely sensitive about certain topics), I just wanted to say that I really felt good about Senator Obama's big victory last night, both as an American and as someone who has a generally positive outlook on life and the future. My network of choice during this historic Presidential run has been CNN in HD. They've become a bit infamous for their overt use of technology during their coverage, particularly for their "magic map", which is a type of multi-touch device that has all kinds of nifty features to dig deeper into the data. What caught my eye in particular last night though was their use of a pseudo-hologram technology and placing an animated, 3D capitol building on one of the conference tables. I don't have a link to the 3D capitol building, but I did find some instances on YouTube of the other technology that they've been using.

Their first usage of their pseudo-hologram technology:

Their heavily used "magic map":

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Mark Vergeer
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CNN international was showing some of that footage too. I found it very distracting actually. Amazing elections by the way. True democracy at work!

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Mark Vergeer wrote:

CNN international was showing some of that footage too. I found it very distracting actually. Amazing elections by the way. True democracy at work!

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It's definitely a gimmick, but I must say I'm a sucker for technology like that...

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Mark Vergeer
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Me too - distracting as it is....

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CNN...Please

Yes, you really should stay away from the political statements here, I really enjoy this site. But if higher taxes, distributed wealth, and dead babies constitutes a bright future for the US in your eyes then please, loan me those rosy tinted glasses you are wearing. Then again, how else could you see things watching the Communist News Network. :P

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Yes, you really should stay away from the political statements here, I really enjoy this site. But if higher taxes, distributed wealth, and dead babies constitutes a bright future for the US in your eyes then please, loan me those rosy tinted glasses you are wearing. Then again, how else could you see things watching the Communist News Network. :P

I love the extreme statements like those that I hear from the "other side", as if the world will end now and a litany of awful things will start to happen ("Obama will force mothers to kill their babies", "Obama is going to take my money and give it to someone else", etc.). Like it or not, like people despised when Bush was elected a second time, Obama is going to be our President, so it's worth it now to see what he can do. Bush failed, maybe Obama will succeed. Certainly Obama has shown he can run a major campaign and project a great image to the rest of the world.

What I find the biggest pity is that for many, politics are so black and white, either/or. We all love to categorize and organize things into one or the other, which is why we have a ridiculous two party system. The reality is, we all have a variety of beliefs and opinions that don't fit neatly into one category or the other, yet somehow we feel compelled to root for one side or the other, often relegating our criticism of the "other side" to what essentially becomes illogical farce. It's a sad state of affairs if you ask me.

As for CNN, I find it the most fair network. Fox News is way too far to the right for me and MSNBC too far to the left. I don't want spin.

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Don't take the bait!!!

First of all, let me get this out of the way: I researched my point of view and voted based on my "educated" opinion, life experiences, my "gut," my conscience, and my love of my country. Even after all that, I was puzzled at the choices I had; neither candidate was particularly attractive to me, yet I did vote. And it was an informed vote, the best I could make with the mind God gave me.

That having been said, I have been an on-and-off participant in the AA website since its inception, and know the "regulars" here are intelligent, informed people, and not just on the subject of videogames. You guys (the American participants, anyway) had to do the same thing I did: make an informed opinion based on your life experiences and level of intelligence, as well as your "gut." I have not walked in your shoes, nor have you in mine, so it would be impossible for us to all agree about everything on just about any subject. Heck, we do not even agree on "consoles vs. PC's!" :-) But I have no doubt that you made an "informed" decision, and I can respect you for it and still like you as a person, even if some of you didn't vote for "my" choice.

As for the main subject of this thread: cool technology (!), I had a very unique experience with this election. The above "CNN" videos were off-putting to me, even though I'm a major "Special FX" buff. I don't need "holograms" to tell me what's going on in the news; just give it to me straight. This is the news, not "Star Wars."

On the other hand, I, for the first time in my life, was able to follow the election via the INTERNET! Through live video feeds (shout out to Buck Feris!!!), I was able to follow the election not only through American TV, but also through WORLD TV! I was surprised, awestruck, and (I admit) felt a little bit of American pride that the election was not only closely followed by American TV, but also by the media around the world! I clicked through Japanese, German, Arab, Spanish, and British channels that were following the American election as closely as our native media was! "John McCain is the projected winner of South Carolina" I learned through the Japanese channel I was watching. Al-Jazeera (Arabic) had commentators giving state-by-state appraisals of the situation, even though I didn't understand what they were saying. The "Netherlands" channels had.... comedy shows (disappointingly), so back to the Spanish channels... "Obama wins New York!"

Ok, that's all I'll say for now. Like it or not, Obama is the American President-elect, and I hope he is as good as many believe he will be, and not as bad as many believe he will be.

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German perspective

In Germany all major networks broadcasted the election the whole night, starting at roughly 11 pm.
Why? Because the US politics very much decide on our own, sometimes with a delay of a few months/years, sometimes instantly.
And yes, Obama was the "king of the German hearts", as many may have already noticed.
But there already is fear that he will be only a more polite version of the same establishment and tries to replace US troops in Iraq with European (German) ones etc.
I don't want to start a Good-vs.-Bad-debate here, only illustrate that we very much follow US politics - and I'm sure in a much grander scale than the US follows foreign politics. Which is natural, as the US are still a superpower - as indebted as they are.

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I like the extreme views as

I like the extreme views as well, and agree about labels and the two-party system (that's why I'm registered in the Green party). I think it's just as silly to vote for someone just because he or she is a democrat as it would be to vote blindly for a republican; you need more information and better balance.

Liberals tend to stereotype conservatives as uneducated, racist, sexist, miserly, etc. Conservatives stereotype liberals as radicals, communists, unrealistic, or even dangerous (i.e., one of the conspiracy theories). Both views are distorted, but of course there is some truth to both. The trick is not simply to say, "Liberal or conservative? I don't like labels. Give me a particular issue and I will tell you how I feel about that issue." Thus, some of the most "liberal" people I know are anti-abortion, whereas many conservatives think the government should help pay for their medicine and secure their retirement.

I don't know any conservatives who think that we should abolish the military and let private corporations handle national security, yet they think socialized medicine is communist. I would also argue that "communism" and "socialism" are very different things. Almost all of us in the U.S. (except for the most extreme libertarians) are "socialist" to some degree. Only a tiny percentage could be described as "communist," however.

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Mark Vergeer
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Multi party systems aren't always better.

I am curious what power people attribute to the new president-elect. He's just a man facing huge problems. But at least it's a fresh wind blowing through the white house and because US politics affects world politics so much I am glad it has turned out to be Obama.

Multi party systems aren't always better. In the Netherlands there are very many different parties in the government that end up forming a coalition and an opposition after the elections. During the election-compainging all different parties have very outspoken opinions on various subjects and people vote on those. The thing is that after the elections the opposition and coalition fractions are formed and not a lot of those outspoken opinions become reality - it is always a compromise. The biggest party will provide a Minister-President. He or she is not chosen directly but instead the party is voted on by the people.

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