MySpace/MyDebates

Posted by: Catherine Holahan on September 17, 2008

MySpace is going into politics. The leading U.S. social network launched MyDebates.org today. The site will stream the presidential debates live to Internet audiences as well as provide tools to search for candidates’ stated positions on issues.

MyDebates.org is part of MySpace’s attempt to be more than just a place for friends. The company wants to be a place where communities develop around interests. “We are responding to users interest in politics—an interest just like it is for music or film or anything else,” says Lee Brenner, director of MySpace’s Impact Channel and executive producer of political programming at MySpace.

The site will include issue quizzes comparing individual users’ stated beliefs to the candidates’ positions and the American public at large. It will also include small programs that users can embed on blogs updating them on campaign news concerning the issues they deem most important.

MyDebates.org will also enable Internet users to submit questions for the candidates to Tom Brokaw, who will moderate a Town Hall presidential debate on Oct. 2.

Reader Comments

linda johnson

September 28, 2008 10:13 AM

If Iraq exported cabbages rather than oil, would U.S. troops be there?

Jaine Place

September 28, 2008 11:15 AM

Please ask the candidates to talk more about energy policy that will actually make a difference during the next President's term--not just off-shore drilling. Ask them to talk about tax credits for plug-in hybrids (helping Detroit), modernizing the nation's electrical grid, T. Boone Pickens' campaign for wind energy, conservation, etc.

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