Hillary Clinton’s Foray Into Social Media

By turning to the public personally via Yahoo! Answers, Hillary Clinton exemplifies how emerging applications of new media can help to foster and strengthen participatory democracy.

Check out Clinton’s question and the tens of thousands (and counting) of user-submitted answers: “Based on your own family’s experience, what do you think we should do to improve health care in America?

Read SearchEngineJournal’s blog post about this.

Redesigns, Big Hits and News Bits

Without warning, I was forced to select a new design and mold it to my liking today after upgrading from WordPress 2.0.7 to the new and improved WordPress 2.1 (for the record, I was using 2cDarkGrey1.1 from GFX, slightly modified. You’re now looking at an altered Andreas Viklund template).

This is hardly an inconvenience as I’ve been waiting for a kick in the ass to lighten up the dark background here at netZoo. The BEST feature about WordPress 2.1 — posts are auto-saved… I can’t tell you how many times I’d mistakenly close the tab I was posting in, or open a new window, only to find the post that I was working on entirely unrecoverable. Thanks Matt and the WordPress team!

I’m rather excited about a few upcoming releases — 2007 really may turn out to be the best new music year ever, before Q1 is even out. And, once again, NYT is reporting the imminent demise of DRM-protected music (“…in the next two to five years,” says Real’s Rob Glaser).

Here’s a glance at some of the brilliant record drops for Tuesday, January 23, 2007, with some audio samples provided for your educational use only.

The Broken West — I Can’t Go on I’ll Go on (Merge)
listen to “Down in the Valley

Clinic — Visitations (Domino)

Deerhoof — Friend Opportunity
listen to +81

Julie Doiron — Woke Myself Up
listen to You Look So Alive

The Good, The Bad & The Queen The Good, the Bad & the Queen
Listen to Kingdom of Doom

Menomena — Friend & Foe
Listen to Wet and Rusting

Of Montreal — Hissing Fauna Are You the Destroyer
Listen to Bunny Ain’t No Kind of Rider

The Shins — Wincing the Night Away
Six Parts Seven — Casually Smashed to Pieces

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