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John McCain Draws More Television Viewers For Speech Than Barack Obama, But What About Internet Viewing?

Did You Watch Convention Speeches on the Internet?

What's so interesting about John McCain's speech at the Republican National Convention bringing in slightly more viewers than Barack Obama's speech at the Democratic National Convention to geeksugar? It's interesting because this election has involved the Internet in an inextricable fashion — so much so that this data, the viewing habits of live broadcast television only, could be kinda skewed.

What I'm getting at is that I know a lot of people who didn't tune in to their regular broadcast to watch either speech, and instead watched videos of the speeches online. In fact, since the Internet is where I, and many others, have been getting their election coverage, it makes sense that you wouldn't turn on the TV to watch a speech, confident that they would make it on YouTube (like most important things these days).

So tell me, if you watched any of the convention speeches, did you watch them online?

californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 9 years
JaeB - Yay for us California girls going out to vote for the first time!
kcwebgirl kcwebgirl 9 years
i watched them all on tv.
kimchimei kimchimei 9 years
I watched them online but I caught some clips of it on the tele via The Daily Show and The Colbert Report.
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
Yep. It's also been a great way to re-watch ones I wanted to revisit later on.
mayara mayara 9 years
We don't watch TV. So, YouTube is our friend in this case.
JaeB JaeB 9 years
californiagirlx7 -- Yay for first time pres. election voters! Same here. (And I'm also a California girl.)
mrskrismendoza mrskrismendoza 9 years
I didn't watch it. I know. I'm bad.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 9 years
I watched some on TV and some on the internet, because I had missed them when they were broadcast live. During the DNC, I watched Michelle, Hillary, and Barack Obama's speeches live on TV. I saw Bill Clinton, Joe Biden, and Al Gore's speeches on the internet later. During the RNC, the only speeches I saw live were Rudy Giuliani, Sarah Palin, and John McCain's. I saw Laura Bush/Cindy McCain's appeal for aid to the Gulf Coast, as well as Laura Bush/George W. Bush, Joe Lieberman, and Fred Thompson's on the internet. This is the first year I can vote for a presidential election so I'm more interested in politics than ever before. :D
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 9 years
I watched Sarah Palin's speech online. Everything else I watched--mainly speeches from the DNC--was on the tube.
seh79 seh79 9 years
TiVo, Live TV, You Tube, audio, transcripts... all depends on the night & the speech
menthadict menthadict 9 years
I did watch the democratic convention speeches online because they had them on iTUnes for free.
JaeB JaeB 9 years
Although I'm getting more into it now that I have a better computer, I'm still not that into watching videos on my computer. I can watch short ones, but not long ones. There's something about being on the computer that tells people I'm available to distract and interrupt, so I can't really absorb a video in one play--I have to pause, play, pauseplaypauseplay...and eventually forget everything and restart the video or abandon it. So no. I do, however, read the speeches online, usually on NPR's website. Reading interruptions for some reason don't bother me as much, and I like getting to absorb the speech as it really is, word by word without the influence of the person and their expressions, the flashy settings or the cheering crowds and their signs. It's also nice to skip the news channel's commentaries and spin. :)
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