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ReConstitution: A live remix of the 2008 Presidential debates

Posted Oct 09, 2008 at 9:07 AM
Sosolimited, Cambridge, Massachusetts

ReConstitution 2008 - Live Presidential Debates Remix by Sosolimited from Sosolimited on Vimeo

Sosolimited, a three man audio-visual ensemble, has written a suite of software that analyzes the spoken words, gesticulations, and cadences of candidates throughout the presidential debates. Statistics on what words candidates use, how positive or negative their speech is, and how often they blink are presented alongside live debate broadcasts. This election season, Sosolimited has presented their real-time data analysis at performances in Boston and NYC. Their final performance is at the Corcoran Art Gallery in Washington, DC.


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Them's Countin' Words (ReConstitution 2008) from Sosolimited on Vimeo.

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Less is not more

Posted Oct 03, 2008 at 7:07 AM
Dawn, Madison, Wisconsin

I have to admit that Sara Palin actually sounded like she had studied for the debate. Unfortunately, she doesn't know anymore now than she did five weeks ago. She continues to hammer home talking points without the understanding behind them that would allow her to respond to questions or requests for clarification.

I was offended that she was unable/unwilling to answer the questions as asked by the moderator. Just pushing your own agenda and answers you have memorized does not make you a wise statesman, it makes you a myna bird.

I was leaning towards the Obama/Biden ticket before, but I will now help get out the vote for their ticket.

Nothing is more frightening than the thought of Sara Palin in charge.

Nobody won, Nobody lost

Posted Oct 01, 2008 at 6:38 AM
John Lyrla , Chicago, Illinois

As much as I would like to have seen Obama make a fool of himself, he did quite well and so did John McCain. No winner. No loser.

The Body Language of McCain

Posted Oct 01, 2008 at 6:38 AM
Therese Lichtenstein , Sag Harbor, New York

What lingers in my thoughts and feelings after the debate were not the words spoken but McCain's body language. I was extremely disturbed by the lack of eye and body contact by McCain toward Obama. It came across as hostile, rude, condescending, arrogant, and filled with contempt. McCain's rage was evident throughout, especially when he tried to conceal it in those mechanical smiles. This is a man who is seething with anger and is on the verge of losing control. Where will McCain's disdain lead? Do we want him making decisions as president? No.

The Nader/Barr Factor?

Posted Oct 01, 2008 at 1:17 AM
Oliver Wasow , Rhinebeck, New York

I have been doing a little research into the effect, if any, that the candidacies of Nader and Barr are having on the Obama and McCain campaigns but haven't really been able to get a handle on it.  Today I noticed that the Wash Post/ABC news poll, factoring in the third part candidates, give Obama a slimmer lead than other national polls, only 3 over McCain.  Nader has 3 percent and Barr 2 in their poll. Wondering if anyone has any thoughts on this?  Seems to me in an election that is, at this point anyway, still almost statistically a draw, these third party candidates could be a factor. Or perhaps they cancel each other out? Thoughts?