A slice of American PIE

Alas this will be pretty much my last contribution to the Intute: Social Sciences US election coverage on this blog, as I will be away for election week itself.

During the next few days our Politics and Government editor Heather Dawson will be supplying you with further updates, some of them centred around various themes and issues, as well as the more news and results based updates.

I thought that this may be a good opportunity to review how my own Internet habits have changed over the last few months and see which sites have had a good campaign. A final chance to see which ones made it into my own Personal Information Environment or my bit of American PIE!

If the 2004 campaign saw the rise of blogging then the 2008 campaign has been the YouTube election or at least the one where online video has come to the fore. While I have enjoyed the daily updates from Hotline TV and the focus on hard polling numbers from Dr. Frank Newport of Gallop, it’s been Kotecki TV that has helped to keep me sane.

Kotecki started recording videos for YouTube from his college bedroom, getting responses from a number of the candidates who ran in the early primaries, before being signed up by Politico.com. His irrevent style and fast paced delivery are a welcome break from the at times all too serious debate, plus it’s all done with inside three minutes. I think there is a gap in market for a British Kotecki in the run-up to the next UK general election.

In terms of textual analysis, my weapon of choice has been Electoral-Vote.com with a single daily summary of the issues, backed up with an easy to understand map of the make-up of the electoral college based on current polls. A more considered view that filters out the buzz from other sites that feel the need to update themselves dozens of times a day, makes Electoral-Vote.com required reading.

For more in-depth analysis of various polling issues, I’ve been heading over to FiveThirtyEight.com on a regular basis, where those of you who get drawn deep into the numbers can find an analysis of just about every nuance and shift in the tracking polls.

I have been impressed by the coverage of the election from some of the non-election sites I keep track of as part of my job. TechCrunch and Mashable have both kept an eye on the role of the election online, while the daily round-up from TechPresident has been invaluable in terms of keeping up-to-date.

Finally, I have tried to keep any pro-Obama tendencies in check and one of the ways I have been doing that is by reading The New Nixon blog every day. I’m a bit of Watergate buff and so I’ve enjoyed their roll-call of the various mentions of candidate x or pundit y as the “New Nixon” – there have been quite a few!

Well, that’s all from me – I’ll see you again, sometime on the other side of the results – have a great election night!

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