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Current TV wants you to Twitter and Digg on election night

by Richard Keller, posted Nov 3rd 2008 1:57PM

Tired of the election night talking heads? Current TV may be the medicine you need.My friends, if you thought the coverage that's been going on since the day after the 2006 Congressional election has been overwhelming, you ain't seen nothing yet. Come sunrise on November 4th the television airwaves will be inundated with election coverage, comment, pontification, and general BS. Red states will become blue, blue states will become red, graphs will be drawn on easel boards with black marker and someone will predict the winner of the entire Presidential election at 7:00:01 p.m.

So, if you are wholly disinterested in the old way that the elections are covered you may want to tune into Current TV, or its website if you don't have the channel on your digital box, for an alternative to get the results you need. In this case, it's you, the couch potato that you are, who will be providing the coverage. It's called "Current Diggs the Election" and the way it works will be unique.

In addition to the standard projections and ever-changing primary-colored map of the United States, the program will provide a live streaming feed from Digg's community of blogs and real-time discussions. Also featured will be state-by-state Twitter sessions (highlighted by using '#current' in your tweets), live webcam reports from 12seconds.tv, and a soundtrack provided by DJ Diplo.

I'm not one to predict the future, but this form of coverage could be the start of a trend on the regular news networks if it is successful. It may be hard to gauge at first, but it certainly has some footing already since the digital network successfully teamed up with Twitter to cover the presidential and vice-presidential debates. If it works, look for for fewer pundits and more public come the election of 2012.

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