Tenured Radical’s New Media Adventures

September 1, 2012, 10:23 am

Yesterday I had the opportunity to participate in a new Huffington Post feature called HuffPost Live. My segment — on marriage equality — was hosted by Janet Varney, who once had a part on one of my all-time favorite shows, Entourage (2004-2011).

I can’t figure out how to embed the video (perhaps because it is unembeddable?) but you can access Tenured Radical discussing the question of whether the government ought to get out of the business of marriage altogether here.

As you can see if you click on the link, it’s a web broadcast with a live chat feature on the right. There is a central studio in Los Angeles, where they sometimes have sit down guests: our feature was done via a Google+ Hangout, a video chat feature that allows up to nine people to join a conversation.

One obvious feature of doing a digital media event — aside from the fact that it is fun — is that in a certain every person is his or her own producer. This can be a challenge. You can see that only the Reverend Chuck Currie got his stage set correctly. I managed to clear up all the piles of books, files and paper from my recent move, but my office was much too dark, you can’t see my face and the wall is dull. In contrast, the Rabbi Levi Brackman had an impressively scholarly setting but failed to control the random sounds that are attendant to daily life — in particular his telephones and answering machine.

But what did we have to say? Click the link and find out!


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