media and the election
After an election that was dominated by new media (blogs, youtube, twitter), the end turned out to demand the old media.
We watched the results come in on television, and our guests nearly rioted when at one point T revealed that we were actually ten minutes behind live thanks to TiVo and channel switching. I had my laptop on, and occasionally looked over to check things like which counties had reported in the states that had only partial results, but the focus was definitely on the big screen.
And then, yesterday, it seems like everyone wanted a newspaper, the dead tree kind, to hold in their hands and put away in the closet. Papers all over the country sold out, and people were lined up waiting for the special editions to come out.
When I drained the battery on the car last week, I set off the anti-theft device on the audio system, so I can’t listen to the radio until we manage to get to a dealer. Listening to the previous day’s podcast works ok for Planet Money and This American Life, less well for the more newsy shows.*
*It’s almost like having a TiVo for the radio.