Election Lightning Round

We're, thankfully, just about two weeks out from the end of the US election. Over the course of the election I've saved a lot of links about digital initiatives from the campaigns that have been interesting but not enough to motivate me to write a post. Now seems as good a time as any to do a hot (room temperature?) take lightning round.

There's some speculation out there that Trump originally started his presidential campaign as a way to generate interest for a news channel. If that is the case he forgot to grab the domain Trump.TV. Right now it points to an anti-Trump, Trump.org, which he also failed to register. Always register the domain for any idea you're thinking of. It's like $10 - via The Hill

In the last debate Trump called Hillary a "nasty woman." That was a mistake. Not just because of the casual misogyny but because it's a badge that Clinton can wear proudly (see the NYT). Think about the way that other epithets have been reclaimed to lend strength. "Nasty women" get shit done and Clinton can use that to highlight her accomplishments. If you visit nastywomengetshitdone.com you'll be taken to the Clinton campaign website.

There's a lot of Twitter bots adding white noise. A third of pro-Trump tweets are from bots compared to  about a fifth for Clinton - via CNN

The Clinton campaign has gamified grassroots participation with a new app that rewards people for volunteering. Do enough activities and you can get physical rewards such as autographs. I'm interested to find out what the post-mortems say about this - via The Verge

I love single idea sites. Trump-Clock.com tracks how long it's been since Trump threatened to sue someone.

A solid argument can be made that Trump's biggest enemy is himself. Clinton came up with a bot that tweets out Trump quotes - via The Verge

In that same vein, they've also created a tool to highlight Trump's lack of political experience. You type in a year and then the site shows, side-by-side, what each of them were up to via Business Insider 

This was pretty one-sided. I wonder how much of that is due to the Trump campaign's lack of organization or if I'm just in an echo chamber.

Examing the alt-right

A lot of ink has been spilled about the alt-right this election season. As Trump's star is rising so too is that of the alt-right,  an obscure (relatively speaking) political movement that found a home on websites like 4chan and Reddit. This hodge-podge of technocratic, racist, authoritarians have, scarily enough, gotten themselves a foothold on legitimacy over the past few months.

Vox has by far the the most nuanced look at the philosophy behind the movement that I've seen so far.

But win or lose, Trump has shown that overt contempt for racial equality, naked tribalistic appeals to white racial solidarity, and vaguely authoritarian rhetoric can add up to a very successful campaign, at least within the Republican Party. That gives the alt-right new relevance, and helps convince its members that America might be ready for their ideas.

It also opens the door for a more sophisticated future candidate, one reared on alt-right arguments rather than stumbling into them the way Trump has. Such a candidate could effectively whip up an alt-right base of support, but potentially use it more intelligently and effectively than Trump. If this sounds fantastical, it’s worth remembering that open white supremacists like Strom Thurmond and James Eastland were serving in the US Senate 40, 30, even 20 years ago. Our current period without avowed white nationalists in power, backed by an organized constituency of the same, is the exception, not the norm.
— The alt-right is more than warmed-over white supremacy. It’s that, but way way weirder.