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Who’s to Blame for the useless Americans Elect website? Blame LBi (and an Imaginary Friend)

Remember Americans Elect, the first-ever corporate effort to run a privatized, top-down, board-run online presidential nomination? Well, John Lumea finds the agency and one of the people at that agency to blame for the broken-down, no-good, can’t-register, won’t-verify-my-identity, no-comments-allowed, no-discussion-permitted, won’t respond-to-contact, community-devoid, records-gapped, official-rules-violating, bizarre-candidate-ranking, internally-contradictory Americans Elect website. Lumea’s Facebook post:

Americans Elect [...]

Americans Elect Corporation names itself a Grassroots Movement, embraces “Moderate” Ideological Label

On September 23, Americans Elect posted a new web page in which it declares itself to be a “nationwide grassroots movement” and promotes a video of Americans Elect activity in Portland, Oregon as a message that “explains Americans Elect clearly and simply.”

“Moderate,” meet “No Ideology.” “No Ideology,” meet “Moderate.” The clear and simple [...]

Political Issue Salience in CafePress Searches (3-18 to 3-23 2009)

When a shopkeeper uploads an image to CafePress to place on a t-shirt, a bumper sticker or a button, she or he is encouraged to add “tags” that describe an item. To assist in tagging decisions, CafePress will indicate how many people searched a particular tag the day before in their website’s “Marketplace” search.

I’ve [...]