Research Spotlight: Focus on Hyperpolitics

This episode of the gnovis podcast coincides with the launch of our Summer 2008 Special Issue: “New Media, Technology & Democracy”

In this interview, conducted August 13, 2008, Jacqueline Klingebiel discusses her M.A. thesis, “Hyperpolitics: Bringing the Public Back Into the Conversation,” which examined the use of YouTube in the 2008 U.S. presidential primaries, and was published as a blog on Georgetown’s Digital Commons. Jackie is now a web producer for

Artist: Jaqueline Klingebiel
Title: Research Spotlight: Focus on Hyperpolitics
Year: 2008
Length: 25:58 minutes (17.84 MB)
Format: Mono 22kHz 96Kbps (CBR)

Brad Weikel

Brad Weikel received his MA in Communication, Culture & Technology (CCT) from Georgetown University in 2009. His thesis, "From Coding to Community: Iteration, Abstraction, and Open Source Software Development" argued that programming practices, particularly iterative workflows and abstraction models, can help explain both the success and struggles of open source software. His work was a technocentric complement to prior explanations from economists, lawyers, and political and cultural theorists. While writing his thesis, Brad blogged about his topic at, where he has since continued blogging, more broudly, about collaborative production and the commons at large. Brad was Managing Editor of gnovis during the 2007/2008 and 2008/2009 school years, and Creative Director in 2006/2007. He is currently the Web & Communications Coordinator for EarthRights International.