Qik and Twitter goes to Congress and causes major controversy

The new press conference

The New York Times, tomorrow, has an article about the controversy over using Internet communications tools like Qik and Twitter and whether they should be allowed to be used by members of Congress. Both Qik and Twitter should be thanking Congressman John Culberson (that’s him, being Qik interviewed by me and Andrew Feinberg). You can read his Twitter account here and you can watch his Qik videos here. It’s amazing how this all started when Andrew Feinberg and I interviewed Culberson just a couple of weeks ago. Andrew broke this story and deserves the credit.

In this Qik video we filmed, you’ll hear him explain the coming controversy over using video in Congress.

Amazing how these tools are quickly being picked up in all sorts of non-techie places and are causing major controversies.

UPDATE: Andrew linked to more video and other posts on this story on FriendFeed.

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  3. The second to last paragraph in my last post should have read
    “Now the “mainstream media” are deliberating on how best to keep this from happening again. This very fact is the best argument that Twitter, Qik and other “unofficial media” should be allowed in and given every protection and courtesy afforded the “mainstream” media. There’s more than one side to a political story – the more cameras watching it, the better. We’ve seen how badly astray “media professionals” can lead us if no one’s checking their work.

  4. The second to last paragraph in my last post should have read
    “Now the “mainstream media” are deliberating on how best to keep this from happening again. This very fact is the best argument that Twitter, Qik and other “unofficial media” should be allowed in and given every protection and courtesy afforded the “mainstream” media. There’s more than one side to a political story – the more cameras watching it, the better. We’ve seen how badly astray “media professionals” can lead us if no one’s checking their work.

  5. I love it – the New York Times gets to pontificate on whether or not it’s legitimate for Members of Congress to grant interviews to “unofficial press” entities such as Twitter and Qik.

    The issue with these outlets would never have come up if Nancy Pelosi hadn’t demonstrated her control over the “official” television news outlet for Congress, C-SPAN, by turning the lights and cameras off after she and the Democrats unilaterally adjourned the House halfway through its last day of hearings before September.

    The “mainstream” electronic media, of course, got their butts handed to them in 2004 over Bill Burdette’s forgeries of those Texas Air National Guard, which were covered as straight news by Dan Rather and Mary Mapes. So did all the members of the print media who, like the NYT, originally bought into Rather, Mapes’s and Burdette’s fairy tale about those forged memos.

    Now the “mainstream media” are deliberating on how best to keep this from happening again. This very fact is the best argument that they should be allowed in and given every protection and courtesy afforded the “mainstream” media. There’s more than one side to a political story – the more cameras watching it, the better. We’ve seen how badly astray “media professionals” can lead us if no one’s checking their work.

    Thanks for covering this, Jason. We may just use electronic media appropriately to let democracy work after all.

  6. I love it – the New York Times gets to pontificate on whether or not it’s legitimate for Members of Congress to grant interviews to “unofficial press” entities such as Twitter and Qik.

    The issue with these outlets would never have come up if Nancy Pelosi hadn’t demonstrated her control over the “official” television news outlet for Congress, C-SPAN, by turning the lights and cameras off after she and the Democrats unilaterally adjourned the House halfway through its last day of hearings before September.

    The “mainstream” electronic media, of course, got their butts handed to them in 2004 over Bill Burdette’s forgeries of those Texas Air National Guard, which were covered as straight news by Dan Rather and Mary Mapes. So did all the members of the print media who, like the NYT, originally bought into Rather, Mapes’s and Burdette’s fairy tale about those forged memos.

    Now the “mainstream media” are deliberating on how best to keep this from happening again. This very fact is the best argument that they should be allowed in and given every protection and courtesy afforded the “mainstream” media. There’s more than one side to a political story – the more cameras watching it, the better. We’ve seen how badly astray “media professionals” can lead us if no one’s checking their work.

    Thanks for covering this, Jason. We may just use electronic media appropriately to let democracy work after all.

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