January 30, 2009 | Graham

Coverage converged on Obama

More people watched Barrack Obama’s inauguration via the web than on broadcast TV. (Hat tip to FastGov).
That may be the moment when television ceased to be Television anymore (to borrow from Nicholas Negroponte who said “[t]he key to the future of television is to stop thinking about television as television”).
It may also just reflect the fact that the audience was international. While the US frequently runs “world” sporting championships that are restricted to US teams and players, in this case it ran what is probably the first “world” election.
Even though most of us couldn’t vote in it, we had our opinions, and our favourites and Obama is probably the first truly global political franchise.

Posted by Graham at 12:32 pm | Comments (4) |
Filed under: Media


  1. What? More global than the Secretary-General of the UN?? Or just more political?? Or perhaps just more democratic …

    Comment by Hughie — January 30, 2009 @ 12:49 pm

  2. Who is the Secretary General of the UN, and exactly how much power does he have?

    Comment by Graham Young — January 30, 2009 @ 2:22 pm

  3. Ban-ki-moon….. sweet F A

    Comment by Chris — January 30, 2009 @ 8:17 pm

  4. Like most people, I watched the inauguration from my computer. Then I checked the popular US blogs for comment.
    The great thing about the net is that you can watch these things when you feel like it and for as long or short as you feel like.

    Comment by Jennifer Marohasy — February 2, 2009 @ 10:26 am

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