Barack Obama

Government and the arts

 This Spring, there will be Congressional meetings and hearings about how the arts and music benefit the economy and education.  What do you think Congress can do to bolster the arts?  Or conversely, should they do anything

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Musical Inauguration Thoughts

 A big, big day in DC means some primo exposure for a select few musicians.  Most of it worked, and somemissed the mark.

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The candidates and the arts: where McCain and Obama stand

My interest in the upcoming U.S. presidential election surprises me.  I'm not to the point yet of devouring hourly updates on polling data, but it's bordering on obsession.

A friend of mine who's a professional musician did some digging and posted a fine piece of citizen-journalism on his Facebook page.  It compares the arts policies of the two U.S. presidential candidates.  

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Access to Candidates information

Hello;

I agree with Bob in saying that if it (TV ads or Website video Blurb) is not captioned it is a slap in our faces. I have been following this problem for several years and I remember those who do caption their TV ads or Website Video Blurb when we go to the voting booths.

What I cannot track is what is broad casted on the radio because they are not captioned, but they do carry (repeat) it on the websites. I wish the radio stations would post the text of what was broad casted. Some do and others do not. Granted this is not the issue with the candidates as much as the Broadcasters. If it were posted in TEXT then I would be able to read what the candidates said over the airwaves. This is also true for the video broadcaster (Local and National News).

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Introduction

I was asked to comment on access to our candidates specifically to their websites. For several weeks I have been browsing their websites. My specific area of interest lies with Captions as I am Deaf.

In general the websites are interesting and sometimes I wish there was more. For example and this applies to all of them thus far, There is a button to change to Espanol and none to add Captions. It is easy to add a button that would be more accessible rather than searching for it. I have not easily been able to find Video with Captions on any of the websites. I have received Links to those that are captioned and they are at their websites.

I will be reviewing one candidate at a time and commenting on their own websites and links.

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