Digital Overload at Inauguration?

With inauguration excitement hitting a fever pitch inside the Beltway, news outlets are calling on the Average Joes (and maybe a few Joe Plumbers) attending the festivities to seize the moment and capture the Obama revelry for the rest of the world to see.

Most notably, citizen journalism meets photo technology in a partnership between Microsoft and CNN called The Moment. Using in Microsoft’s (MSFT) Photosynth technology, attendees of Obama’s swearing in are asked to shoot photographs of the moment he takes oath and send them to CNN, where they will all be compiled along with CNN’s professional images to create a 3D photographic reconstruction of the very second Obama becomes President. Owners of digital cameras are urged to take three photos of the event–one wide angle shot, one mid-zoom shot, and one full-zoom shot–and the CNN site reads, “We’ll capture the most detailed experience of a single moment ever.”

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