Sunday, February 1, 2009

Changing Media Technology: Obama and Email

The NY Times featured an interesting piece on the limited access to President Obama's email address and the associated status of those who do have his address. Advisors with access are presumed to have the president's ear. I thought the article tied in nicely to the shifting technology of the media that we had begun to talk about in class. The new administration clearly sees a role for new technology in the running of business in the White House.

The limited access to the email also reminded me of Sarah Palin's hacked email account problems during the presidential campaign and the legitimate reasons why the president ought to have a secure email. On the other hand, should there be any legal drama surrounding Obama, the emails would be potentially subject to the Presidential Records Act--the very reason why Bush opted under the advice of his lawyers to cease using email while in office.

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