Liz Gannes

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Ad Nauseam at Your Service: Tumblr Will “Live-GIF” the Presidential Debates

You’ve heard of liveblogging and live-tweeting. Now here comes live-GIFfing. Tumblr announced today that it has assembled a team to create animated GIFs during the upcoming U.S. presidential debates to be posted in real time on a dedicated blog.

While the concept itself is hysterical, it seems unlikely that the result will be anything more than an onslaught of recurring silent moving pictures of the same two guys in suits jabbing the air while they pontificate (click on the image to get an idea).

P.S. Want moving pictures with noise? YouTube is also streaming the full debates online.

Here’s the debate schedule:

Wednesday, October 3 – Presidential debate on domestic policy
Thursday, October 11 – Vice-presidential debate on foreign and domestic policy
Tuesday, October 16 – Presidential town meeting on foreign and domestic policy
Monday, October 22 – Presidential debate on foreign policy


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The problem with the Billionaire Savior phase of the newspaper collapse has always been that billionaires don’t tend to like the kind of authority-questioning journalism that upsets the status quo.

— Ryan Chittum, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the promise of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture with Glenn Greenwald