Stilgherrian (@stilgherrian)

Wentworth Falls NSW AU

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June 24th, 2008

@happytwitday Oh FFS, have you been talking to @jeffsonstein again? IT IS NOT MY BIRTHDAY TODAY EITHER!

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@a_makohon Most definitely Rio-rolled, yes. @SnarkyPlatypus is to blame for many, many Bad Things in my life.

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Home. Tidying loose ends before the Minions of Microsoft whisk me away to Certain Doom and/or Canberra.

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No, I told you the jacket wouldn’t fit in the bag, but you insisted, and now look what’s happened.

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Broadway. Temple of Mammon. How long before it sends me postal?

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More joy. Google Aust has me at #1 for “used knickers”.

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Mobile. Enmore Rd / King St / Broadway. Haircut / lunch / shopping. Home by 3pm for @Nickhodge thence to Canberra. Joy.

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@DenubisX Yes, please have your potential minion get in touch. No rush. I won’t have brainspace to even think about this for a week or more.

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I’d just like to say that back-to-back Duran Duran is helping immensely. kthxbai.

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@garthk Have pondered virtual PA, but currently there’d need to be some work done in my office. Local knowledge will help too.

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Tech of radio did not define politics, but it shaped its form and pace: the juxtaposition of words, authority in dangerous times…

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Radio dominated home entertainment for 4 decades: decades of nation-building & great ideological debattech

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1929 F D Roosevelt starts his radio “fireside chats”, some of most popular broadcasts on radio ever.

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“Without even touching on how the telephone has influenced politics, there’s 3 technologies” of note: wireless, TV, Internet.

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Johnson campaign TVC next, worth looking up on teh internets I reckon.

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“Now is the time for all god Americans to come to the aid of their country and vote for Eisenhower.”

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American Museum of the Moving Image, “The Presidential Campaign” movie on screen, “I Like Ike” animated song

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Brett Solomon from GetUp! and Jonathan Green from Crikey won’t be here, alas.

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Lots of encouragement for Q&A from audience. No need to identify yourself, we want comment/ideas, don’t care who you atech

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Panel chair will be Tony Surtees, CEO, Prime Digitalworks.

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Simon Edwards, Microsoft, on stage doing intro and housekeeping. Bathrooms are on the main level at front of hotel, m’kay?

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Black suits. Lots of black suits. If you want to run the world you will need a black suit.

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ABC good, @Nickhodge recording good, WiFi good, they’re about to let the goats and sheep into the pen.

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@NathanaelB Only @Nickhodge, me and audio-visual geeks in room at the moment, all other gossip happening over coffee outside.

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Haz wifi 5x5 from the conference room. Nice set of Heavy Names on the attendee list.

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@mpesce What you’ve missed at so far: chauffeur-driven journey, free minibar, free 5-star breakfast, free wifi… all abandoned!

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I’m assuming @Nickhodge is recording since he seems to do that at Microsoft events, and this is a Microsoft-created event.

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Hmmmm… I just appealed to Eris, Goddess of Chaos, to keep things running orderly. How Discordian is that!

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@jeffsonstein Well my tweetage will depend on the absence of Failwhale. May Eris defeat the Failwhale for this morning.

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I’ll warn folks again: tweeting LOTS for next 7 or 8 hours from Politics & Technology Forum. http://is.gd/Ezf Unfollow if too mutech

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RT @jeffsonstein retweeting @guardiantw http://tinyurl.com/4ewetv 60th anniversary 1st programmable computer at Manchester University.

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@craigthomler @middleclassgirl @bcjb @brandstaetter Welcome to my Twitterworld overnight, hope you can cope with material today! :)

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Emerges in Canberra. Hotel instant coffee is always so bad. 2nd cut of “The Shave” is AWESOME, thanks @ApostrophePong! Final cut on weekend!

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After midnight. Collapsing in Canberra. Warm. Furry. Followed by an 0730 start with @Nickhodge. Why, oh why do I do these things?

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Recording of Stilgherrian Live Alpha 5.2 (tonight!) now online. Part 1 http://is.gd/EG3 and Part 2 http://is.gd/EG6 … enjoy!

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I will definitely do a Stilgherrian Live Alpha from Canberra… in about 40 mins from now… 10.30pm Canberra time. Need to discuss

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@NathanaelB Hehe! If I get some catch-up time I’ll let you know! ;)

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You know, I think I WILL do a Stilgherrian Live Alpha… once I set up the little video sequences. ;)

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@SnarkyPlatypus I learned my lesson about heckling, but watching “Black Books” this morning I also learned about excessive absinthe.

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@NathanaelB finishes at 1.30pm (hah!) but bunch to chat after. I assume @Nickhodge will drive us back to Sydney soon after. Dunno.

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@guilthatenfear @jackienopants Welcome to my Twitterworld, both of you. It’ll be politics-heavy and sarcasm-heavy the next 36 hours.

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By I mean the Australian Politics & Technology Forum. http://is.gd/Ezf Warning for tomorrow: I’ll be tweeting a LOT about it!

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@garthk Alas Camera 2 is refusing to cooperate with CamTwist. I will have to report to spankage.

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@Nickhodge I think I will tell the road trip tale in an SLA tonight. ;) Have to play those road trip recordings…

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Installing new driver software for “Camera 2”… ;)

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@SuperMacMan A “fight” over the minibar? LOL! I think you must’ve misread something somewhere.

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@franksting I’m in Braddon, apparently, on Northbourne, but I’m not in a pub mood. A quiet evening drinks while reading seems good though.

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@SnarkyPlatypus The gin is only in tiny, tiny little casks. I may have to pile them into some sort of giant ceremonial pyramid.

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I might do an impromptu Stilgherrrian Live Alpha too, especially if the minibar gets attacked.

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@deanlk Ta for the welcome. I’ve an 0730 start tomorrow so no pubbing alas. Have things to do like read something about keynote speaker. ;)

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@SnarkyPlatypus We bypassed The Big Merino in protest against the poor HSDPA reception.

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Back at hotel after dinner. Should I raid the minibar? Can haz cabernet shiraz?

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Entering Canberra, we have 3G!

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30km from Goulburn, telstra internets nearly in reach. Ready for live feed my end.

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Hume Highway, 40km out of Goulburn. No Telstra Next G, 3 bars of 3G signal. Vodafone no GSM even. No intertubes yet. Fail.

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@garthk Right now I’m in the passenger seat of the Mini, MacBook Pro on lap, Bluetooth’d to Nokia N80 sitting on dash, 3G to Vodafone.

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On the M5 westbound… turning south eventually says Mr Driver.

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Q: Nov presidential race is 70yo Republican vs unproven African-American. Your take on where they are?

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This time EVERY candidate has an internet team.

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Matt: People can detect authenticity and conviction. Howard Dean was authentic, even tho not on internet, so generated energy &tech

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Q from audience: What about astroturf, the fake grassroots campaigns?

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Can’t expect people to figure it all out on their own, there need to be leaders.

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So far the internet has enabled people to vent their frustration at the disconnect from politics, starting to join up now.

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@jeffsonstein All quotes currently are from Matt Bai, or more correctly my paraphrase thereof. [Disclaimer! Disclaimer!]

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Change to online work/life happens gradually and it happens every year. No sudden cultural shift.

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Whoever has a clear vision for the future, articulates it well, will dominate and shape America’s future for decades. Generational!

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The opportunity exists to build a new kind of democracy which IS based on ideas. The dominance is very much up for grabs.

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“If George W Bush can win once, and then twice, then clearly the strength of ideas doesn’t matter.”

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Matt notes Austn’s interested in US voter turnout, but this is an historical anomaly because results are so close lately.

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Matt: US’ strength was the strength of the intellectual ideas for making and shaping prosperity. Now it’s all about the mechanics.

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Tony Surtees on stage, starting Matt to expand on that quote.

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Last night Matt Bai said people should pay more attention language because language is important and language matters.

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Matt Bai off. Much applause.

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The medium creates the opportunities but it’s “just” a delivery mechanism. The MESSAGE and creative leadership will define results.

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Obama may not be “the man” for now, but represents part of the change.

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If you can customise your car online, why settle for 1-size-fits-all government from industrial age?

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Expect interactivity, conversation, responsiveness, transparency, informations, customisation.

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As people live their lives online, they bring a different philosophy, and they’ll expect that from government too.

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Danger now is that leaders still having the same arguments of 70s and 80s, not engaging with the challenges all the voters see.

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The genius of America is the creative leaders who present a new model to face the challenges. Where is that flexible worldview now?

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2nd worry: Lots of writing about getting power, no writing about what you do with power once you have it.

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Are we only reading what tells us we’re right about everything? More profitable to present people what what they already believe.

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Problem with political writing: are we leaving age of persuasion and entering the age of confirmation?

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Not sure if this is the Obama piece that’s just been cited? http://is.gd/F8b

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Online/bloggers were argumentative, negative. Obama wrote “Tone, Truth & Consequences” to attack negative, dumbed-down tactitech

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Obama’s success is because he’s about LESS partisanship, LESS confrontation, which is in conflict with his own online movement.

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Hilary was seen as part of that legacy, while Obama was part of that new movement.

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Online progressive movement was born from resentment of Clinton’s govt being about money and not its core liberal principles.

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Chuck joins MoveOn.org because he hates the guy across the road, son of conservative William Buckley. No pathway for DOING before.

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A guy called Chuck ran a national bake sale, raised $1M for Democrats! Even though he’d never voted in Pres election.

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MoveOn enabled people to reconnect after conservatives took over. Ordinary people using the new tools.

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100 billionaires and millionaires members of secretive Democracy Alliance. A million in MoveOn (equive of GetUp!).

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“How many read Huffington Post, Daily Coz etc?” Handful of hands in back right troublemakers’ corner raised.

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The change happening more in Democrats than Republicans, a function of power as much as age: when in power, think less of change.

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Complete change in political ethos: people expect to be heard and expect to be answered.

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American politics and Internet politics can no longer be considered separate things.

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In US, politics is the last industry to catch up with the online world.

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Obama raised $31M online in January alone. More than previous candidates who raised $10M in total thru entire campaign!

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Note: nobody got paid for making Obama Girl.

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Name-checking the Obama Girl video, “Let be Barack you tonight”. First political video he doesn’t want his kids to see. 9M views.

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Matt begins: Thanking Microsoft for putting up with him saying how much he likes his iPod. “Your fabulous country” etc etc…

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First and foremost Matt is a journalist [insert bio here]. Yankees fan.

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Simon now introducing Matt Bai’s keynote, his book “Billionaires, Bloggers and the Battle to Re-Make Democratic Politics”

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Lots of questions. Individual privacy? Trust? Promise & peril of mapping, social media, global political networks…? Lots of tech

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For all of that, TV still left the viewer passive. The next technological wave would change all that…

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TV brought more challenging images, the political debate, the negative ad…

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Post-WWII TV swept the world, with emphasis on image and entertainment.

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Matt: Perennial complaint: “We have to choose the lesser of 2 evils”. Whinge who gets to decide choice, we YOU get to! Democracy!

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