You ARE the dial group. You BECOME the dial group. Luntz hands, everybody! Luntz hands!


For tonight’s English-language debate, our friends over at buzzz.tv (“Friends” defined as “guys I’ve never met who had a cool idea”) will be welcoming internauts from all over the country who want to share their live, as-it-happens reaction to what the leaders say. This link will go live at 8 p.m. You’ll then be directed to a simple interface (lovely on an iPhone, I’m told, but I’m a berry man; at any rate, it works on desktops and laptops too) that will allow you to respond, en direct, to what you see and hear. Inkless readers have already had a chance to admire the results from last night’s debate, collated and posted almost instantly.

Details on this project (in French) here. These guys have slammed their project together in only a week; bugs and beta-testing have been inevitable but it’s a very interesting initiative. I haven’t a clue how you’ll follow our liveblog and dial-group the debate while it’s happening, but I don’t doubt you’ll manage.

FUN INSTA-UPDATES: One smart thing the buzzz.tv people are doing is posting all their data and encouraging anybody who wants to analyze it and graphic-ize it as they like. Here’s the pie chart of last night’s viewers by self-identified political allegiance; walking in, a substantial plurality of them expected to support the Bloc. Here’s a time series map of last night’s participants. Overwhelmingly Quebecers and New Brunswickers, of course; I hope we’ll be able to get lots of participation from outside Quebec tonight.


You ARE the dial group. You BECOME the dial group. Luntz hands, everybody! Luntz hands!

  1. Man…it must be really boring on the campaign trail.

  2. Quick, everyone assemble their partisan friends! To the internet!

  3. I have no doubt that this experiment will fail miserably through its inundation by partisan hacks.


  4. Let’s just hope the SDA crew don’t find out about it. Shhhhhhhh….

  5. That this can be taken over for political gain is inevitable. That people can be affected by what they see and modify their opinion consequently is also inevitable. However, this is in no way different from any conversation one can have with family, with a small group of people at the pub, in class, where overly aggressive people can dominate and attempt to convince other people of their own opinion. For goodness sake, it is even the basis for the debate: four people attacking a fifth one. The snapshot obtained with Buzzz may not be a flawless snapshot, but it is nevertheless a snapshot of the debate.

    Viewing the interest and perception of the leaders as the debate unfolds is indeed nice. It has flaws, of course. But think about it and you will see these flaws in any social context where politics is discussed. Just look at the comment section here. Buzzz just does it on the scale of the Internet.

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