Infographic: How long Tumblr users waited at the polls
The amount of time 137 ShortFormBlog and Tumblr Election readers spent waiting at the polls to vote today. (We asked earlier tonight.) One unlucky person waited three and a half hours. :(
— Ernie @ ShortFormBlog
Welcome Guest Editors: Ari Melber & ShortFormBlog
Thanks again to last week’s guest editors, safely ensconced on the West Coast: Cord Jefferson and L.A. Liberty. For those of us back east, we may be off to a rocky start for the week due to Hurricane Sandy, so your election-blogging may vary.
However, we’d still like to extend the usual official welcome to this week’s guest editors. They are itinerant commentator and Nation correspondent Ari Melber, plus the voraciously productive and comprehensive newsy known as ShortFormBlog. Big hugs all round.
Hofstra Students Cover Tonight’s Debate
Two interesting local perspectives on tonight’s debate, both from Hofstra students: Hofstra Debate, a collection of miscellany about debate preparations and behind-the-scenes minutiae; and Hofstra 2012 Debate - International POV, a similar but separate distillation of topics for/from viewers overseas.
TUMBLR LIVE-GIFS THE DEBATE: NOW ON LIVESTREAM
If our live-GIF coverage of tonight’s presidential debate isn’t enough for you, and you’re not afraid of getting incepted by an infinite meta-blog video loop, then rejoice! The frantic GIF-wizardry originating from Tumblr HQ and appearing in “real” “time” on Gifwich will itself be captured and broadcast via Livestream! Not sure what the next level is after that but I’m sure we’ll hear about it from someone — from the future.
Welcome Guest Editors: Mike Riggs & Peter Feld
Round of applause for last week’s Election blog guest editors, BlackBook and MissADelgado. Coming on deck this week we have redoubtable duo Mike Riggs, of Reason, Daily Caller, and Washington City Paper fame; and legendary writer/blogger/editor/political operative Peter Feld. Say hello and make them feel at home.
And as always, if you’d like to suggest a guest editor or volunteer your own talents, please do so.
THE POLL DANCE: Nate Silver on Predicting Elections
Nate Silver turned a love of baseball into a breakout career in forecasting player performance, inventing his own statistical system for gaming the game. Then he turned his methodical eye on politics, shocking the media-polling industrial complex by correctly calling 49 of 50 states in the 2008 presidential election. He’s now the house polling analyst for the New York Times, bringing a rigorous and gnomic level of intensity to his Five Thirty Eight blog. And his well-timed new book The Signal and the Noise comes out this week, attempting to unspool the science and art of trying and/or failing to predict the future of most anything. We talked with Silver about how the 2012 race looks so far, how it might all turn out, and how this could be the year when all the predictions (including his own) go very, very wrong.
Welcome Guest Editors: MissADelgado & BlackBook
Huge thanks to Inothernews and Hipster Libertarian, last week’s inaugural guest editors of Tumblr’s official Election blog. Please give an equally warm and bipartisan welcome to this week’s guest editing duo, MissADelgado (“Attorney; Harvard Law grad; conservative; made in the USA w/ 100% Cuban parts”) and BlackBook (“the insider’s guide to where style and substance intersect in popular culture today” and one of the first media brands on Tumblr).
We’ll continue to experiment with the guest editor mix right up to election day, so feel free to suggest anyone you think we should recruit, including yourself!
Welcome Guest Editors: Inothernews & Hipster Libertarian
Today, Tumblr’s official Election blog pivots into a new phase of the 2012 election cycle, and with that maneuver comes other changes. Many, many appreciative thanks to our convention bloggers — Aminatou Sow, Bobby Finger, Jason Oberholtzer, Jayel Aheram, Meg Lanker-Simons, and Tag Savage. Stellar work all, and we’ll see you in four years.
Though it began with the conventions, the Election blog will now expand to cover all (principally national) races and related political news and commentary. To aid in this effort, the blog will feature a rotating cast of weekly guest editors selected from the Tumblr community. These guest editors will come in pairs, and we’ll do our best to recruit a broad diversity of perspectives, opinions, biases, backgrounds, styles, notoriety, and experience.
To that end, please welcome our inaugural guest editor duo: Inothernews and The Hipster Libertarian. The Election blog’s ask box and submission box remain open for business, so feel free to hit them (and us) with questions and suggestions anytime. Let’s make with the electioneering.