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November 8, 2007
By: Kevin Drum

MULTIMEDIA DEBATES....I learned an interesting thing yesterday: the New York Times has a very cool "interactive video" feature that it's created for this year's presidential debates. Basically, it's a transcript of each debate linked to a video, and if you click on a part of the transcript it takes you directly to that section of video. The most recent Democratic debate is here; the most recent Republican debate is here.

I'd never noticed this before, and it's pretty handy. Just thought I'd let everyone else know about it too.

UPDATE: The Times' debate roundup page has links to all four of the interactive videos they've done so far.

Kevin Drum 12:51 PM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (12)

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Kevin, the link is to Andrew Sullivan, not a NYT site. An by the way, why is it that I always choose "Remember personal info" and it always forgets?

Posted by: Joel Rubinstein on November 8, 2007 at 12:54 PM | PERMALINK

Joel: You're too quick. It always takes me a minute or two to proofread all the links.

As for personal info, I don't know. Do you leave comments in the popup box or in the Permalink version of the post? For some reason, that seems to make a difference.

Posted by: Kevin Drum on November 8, 2007 at 12:58 PM | PERMALINK

Kevin: The NYT page is really great! And (except for this post) I've always entered comments in the popup box.

Posted by: Joel Rubinstein on November 8, 2007 at 1:11 PM | PERMALINK

I entered the previous comment on the Permalink page, and it still didn't remember personal info, even though I chose Yes.

Posted by: Joel Rubinstein on November 8, 2007 at 1:12 PM | PERMALINK

That's fantastic. As someone who is deaf being able to watch the debate (even if after the fact) and read it. Is fantastic. (Captioning on the TV often makes mistakes. I don't tend to watch live events that way. It's nice to have something that I can go back to.)

Posted by: Inaudible Nonsense on November 8, 2007 at 1:13 PM | PERMALINK

Thanks for the notice about the NYT's cool feature. Very neat.

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Posted by: Amuzon on November 8, 2007 at 1:16 PM | PERMALINK

I didn't realize the NYT had the video, thanks, I always went to them for the transcripts. So old, uh, school, yeah that's it. Not old,no,no,no.

Posted by: TJM on November 8, 2007 at 1:36 PM | PERMALINK


In response to your nominating her for a Golden Wingnut, Dingy Ann Althouse is calling you a fat Clinton stooge.


Blog War!!!!1!One!!

Posted by: mxh on November 8, 2007 at 2:15 PM | PERMALINK


I don't know, perhaps you just shared something you thought cool and not necessarily novel; this is a fairly standard application used in depositions, court testimony, etc. to make things extremely easy to follow for lawyers and jurors alike. Rather, a web version thereof.

Real Genius

Posted by: Real Genius on November 8, 2007 at 2:41 PM | PERMALINK

Real Genius: Yes, I know. I remember a fascinating talk on the subject about a decade ago from one of the lawyers in the Exxon Valdez case. But it's still cool that the technology is now being made available to the masses in the particular application.

Posted by: Kevin Drum on November 8, 2007 at 2:57 PM | PERMALINK

This only proves that you are a tool of the mainstream media and that only you-know-who can save us. I shall instruct my hordes to attack. FREEDOM!!!!!!

Sargon the Magnificent

But seriously, this is pretty cool, you're right.

Posted by: thersites on November 8, 2007 at 3:30 PM | PERMALINK

Still more amazingly, click on the Transcript Analyzer tab while you're at it.

Not just do you get, at one glance, an overview of who spoke when and how much (with the possibility to directly click on any of your favoured candidate's segments); it's got a search function!

Type in any word of which you'd like to know whether it was mentioned, or how often, or by whom, and presto, all the occasions the word was used are shown in the graph, and you can see what was said by hovering your mouse over it.

Bloody brilliant.

Posted by: nimh on November 9, 2007 at 10:09 AM | PERMALINK



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