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AirAmFan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-11-04 04:23 PM
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Market research says F911 audiences crave info on 'issues and candidates'. Who
will supply that info? Is there already a website that would meet the information needs of less politically sophisticated F911 viewers? Does the F911 audience know about it?

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Credible market research by a psychology professor and Fortune 500 consultant has found that more than 70 percent of those who've seen "Fahrenheit 911" agree with the following statement:

"As a result of seeing Fahrenheit 911, I am more likely to seek out additional information on the issues and candidates.

(See http://www.e-focusgroups.com/farenheit911results.htm and Willy T's thread at http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph... .)

Ideally, the film itself would drive traffic to websites with information on issues and candidates. Ideally also there would be one VERY SIMPLE website so geared to the specific interests and needs of F911 viewers that millions will want to get there, and they will find what they are looking for there.

I have three questions:

(1) Does such a website already exist?

(2) If not, what should such a website include?

The same market research shows that items on the list for (2) ought to include SIMPLIFIED voter registration information and contact info for help in voting in all 50 states and in the military here and overseas. HALF of those who'd seen F911 said,

"As a result of seeing Fahrenheit 911 I am more likely to vote in the next presidential election "

(3) Are people already working on reaching those who've seen F911 and enabling them to be more politically active? Are they using available market research results wisely?
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KansDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-11-04 04:29 PM
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1. Not surprising considering the American public...
has been information-starved by the Whoreth Estate since His Royal Flatulence first declared his candidacy...
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AirAmFan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-11-04 04:32 PM
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2. You're cursing the darkness. Who's lighting candles?
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KansDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-11-04 04:51 PM
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13. I'm cursing the Woreth Estate...
If they'd done their job from day one, we wouldn't have to be lighting candles. But "reporters" chose to whore for Bush by lying about Al Gore and never telling the the truth about George2.

Then someone like Michael Moore lights a candle (more like a bonfire) and sheds much-needed light on the Bush lies and secrecy. Prior to "F911" many Americans suspected something was awry in the White House, but are now convinced of it and want more information.
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AirAmFan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-11-04 05:21 PM
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20. Are some in the media now making more of an effort to provide
real news? One of the "talking heads" I've heard on TV since
Friday (maybe on PBS's 'Washington Week' or NBC's 'Chris Mathews'--I forget exactly who) noted that the popularity of F911 is very bad feedback for the media. Maybe they'll followup David Van Nuys's market research with larger and more carefully-designed studies of their own.

I can think of very few real news reporters on TV. My favorite is Jack Germond of NBC. He's a throwback to the "All the President's Men" era, rather than the stenographers and Teleprompter readers who dominate the airwaves now.
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Kahuna Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-11-04 04:38 PM
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6. "Whoreth (4th) Estate?" I like it!
Brrrriliant! :toast:
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ClassWarrior Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-11-04 11:49 PM
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26. Sort of like calimary's "Press Corpse"
n/t


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fearnobush Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-11-04 04:32 PM
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3. "information needs of less politically sophisticated F911 viewers?"
I think not. Obviously these people have no clue.
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DBoon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-11-04 04:38 PM
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5. Nobody was born being "politically sophisticated"
I'd like to help some "clueless" people become less so.
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AirAmFan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-11-04 05:43 PM
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21. What do you think of labor union political education sites?
You'd think that leaders of people with very similar economic interests would already have solved the problem of political education, long ago.

For example, http://www.aflcio.org/issuespolitics/socialsecurity / has four sections: basics, myths and realities, take action, and "quiz": Do you like this approach? It also lists other issues for working families. Do you think they've left anything out?

"SOCIAL SECURITY BASICS Information and resources to explain Social Security, the privatization threat and the benefit cuts some are proposing.

MYTHS & REALITIES Use these myths & realities to equip yourself with the information you need to respond when you hear somebody say something about Social Security.

WHAT YOU CAN DO Educate yourself and get active in your community this election year. Hold politicians accountable with the Social Security and Medicare pledge.

TAKE THE QUIZ OK, so maybe you've learned a few things about Social Security. Check to see how you're doing with the Social Security quiz.

Home >> Issues and Politics >> Social Security
Medicare
Immigrant Workers
Working Families Vote!
Manufacturing
Work & Family
State Legislative Issues
Congressional Voting
Record
Civil Rights
Health Care Policy
BushWatch
Education
Global Economy
Working Families
Toolkit
Pensions & Savings
E-mail Alerts
Join the Working Families e-Activist Network for action alerts.
Join the Union Movement
Find Your Union"
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DBoon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-11-04 06:06 PM
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23. Looks good!
I'd assume most Unions can afford professional Web designers, and have taken the effort to make the political information clear and comprehensible to their members.

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theivoryqueen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-11-04 04:33 PM
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4. I need a site like that also - lots of less politically informed pals
want a simple resource to turn to for easy access and information.
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Blue Gardener Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-11-04 04:40 PM
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8. I like Buzzflash
Doesn't take long to check it out every day for the latest information.
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Sugarbleus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-11-04 04:50 PM
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12. I like Buzzflash.com also, Plus it has links to all sorts of
additional sites...one could go on forever following links of information.

Then of course there are simple google searches a person could direct another to try for direct info on any given subject.
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theivoryqueen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-11-04 04:54 PM
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14. thanks to both - bookmarked it
I had forgotten about that site. Thanks!
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Sugarbleus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-11-04 05:18 PM
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19. Happy to oblige... =o) eom
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ralps Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-11-04 11:32 PM
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24. I like smirkingchimp.com as well as democratic underground
Edited on Sun Jul-11-04 11:33 PM by ralps
Smirking Chimp has gathered together a lot of newspaper stories from around the world. It also has forums to check out. That's how I got interested in this web site.
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AirAmFan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-11-04 04:59 PM
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17. Do you like the TTITLES Buzzflash gives to stories? I agree the content is great!
People I've sent to buzzflash.com generally ask me, "Don't you think there's too much pure propaganda there"? I've learned to take buzzflash retitling of stories with several grains of salt, but newbies tend to either totally believe or totally reject what they read. Buzzflash has saved me many many hours of hunting for real news on my own, which today is like looking for a needle in a haystack.

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AirAmFan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-11-04 04:41 PM
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9. Where do you send them when they ask you for a URL?
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sandnsea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-11-04 04:56 PM
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16. LBN
I like it better than any other site for straight news because there's no cutesie headlines like Buzzflash, no opinions, no clutter. Well the threads, but not so much the original news posts. You get all the details of what the Bushies are up to and usually plenty of basic national and international news too.
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Hell Hath No Fury Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-11-04 04:39 PM
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7. Here's one...
Edited on Sun Jul-11-04 04:40 PM by Hell Hath No Fury
on GW's policies and practices of the past few years -- no propaganda, no goofy pictures, just the facts:


http://www.doyouknow.org
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0rganism Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-11-04 04:43 PM
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10. Try www.issues2000.org
Edited on Sun Jul-11-04 04:44 PM by 0rganism
"Every Candidate on Every Issue" -- or at least the ones on which they're willing to take a stand

http://www.issues2000.org/default.htm

NB: this is NOT a monopartisan website
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prodigal_green Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-11-04 04:45 PM
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11. I come here
the clips, snippets and links that my fellow DUers provide help me clarify many subjects.

Funny how we're almost always a good one to six months ahead of the mainstream press with information.
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AirAmFan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-11-04 04:56 PM
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15. Do you think the new home page makes it easier to recommend DU to
your friends?

I like the way the new homepage slows things down. If people who've never seen real news before just stayed on the new DU homepage, they'd get a LOT. I myself like the filtering of stories by DUers' "nominations". There's just too much JUNK posted in the forums.

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Octafish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-11-04 05:02 PM
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18. www.DemocraticUnderground.com
Try it.
You'll like it.
You'll learn the truth.


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PROGRESSIVE1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-11-04 05:49 PM
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22. BINGO!
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Nazgul35 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-11-04 11:44 PM
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25. Goggle bomb people!!!!!!!!!!
The answer is obvious.....if these people get on the web and type in the title of the movie, they should hit all the sites that we know of that can give them that info....

Gogglebomb!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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AirAmFan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-12-04 06:26 PM
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27. Don't newbies need a more user-friendly format
than tens of thousands of Google results? Compare the hand-holding format at AFLCIO Political Education--see post #21
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