Monday, August 27, 2012

Election News: XBOX STYLE

Politics. It is what drives the world. Boring right? Endless town hall debates, mind-numbing commercials, news articles with comment wars... All of this is enough to make you want to sit home on November 6th. But what if there was a way to view it all without the pain of watching endless news to get one tidbit of meaningless information?

Behold! Xbox Live Election 2012! With younger voters turning up in record breaking numbers in 2008, America hopes to continue that trend. How to attract their attention though. Simple. Bring it to them in a forum they understand. A new hub on the dashboard can get you all the news you could want about the 2012 election. Featuring live broadcasted debates, voter registration info and in depth looks at the candidates, this idea might help to impact the voters of the next generation.

Technology is what the youth group flocks to nowadays. Microsoft seems to understand that need. While twitter, facebook and other social media gives them their quick news, it leaves them with many questions and very few answers. That's where the hub comes in. With youth voters feeling like their opinions and stances don't matter because of their age, a desire to find an understanding figure is a strong one.

A panel, named "Conversations with the Next Generation" should help to make younger viewers/gamers see that their opinions and votes matter. No one should ever feel like they have no influence over the proceedings of our country. That has not, and never will be the case. Every vote counts no matter if you are 18 or 85. That's the message behind this newest promotion by Microsoft.

Viewers will even have an option of interacting with the debates, as they can rate a candidate's speech in real time and see how other XBL users are feeling as well. Polls will be offered to voice your opinions on various aspects of the campaign trail. With 40 million global members, a bet on a few million using XBL to closely monitor the election is guaranteed to be a sure-thing.

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