The ballots have been counted, the excited buzz is fading to a dull roar and both Democrats and Republicans are suffering from hangovers due to the fact that a lot of them got drunk off their asses (mind you, for different reasons). So now that the election has been decided and America has made history, what about this historic event should we remember?
The bridging of the racial divide? Nah.
The looming sense of hope sending shivers down the spines of our country's citizens? Nope.
How about we focus on the media and technology. More specifically, CNN's dip into the sci-fi pool when they used "holograms" during their election night coverage.
The two seemed to interact directly, though it's unclear whether Blitzer, in New York, could see Yellin (though it's widely accepted that, unless he used his "Blitzer power" or stole the technology from Fox News like the God-less liberal media they are, he could not). In any case, Yellin explained that she was enclosed in a "special tent" with 35 high-definition cameras that were filming her in a 360-degree fashion. Apparently that wasn't enough, so they added a bright red spot below her and gave her a spooky blue glow. Goodness, how...uh...hologramy!
No word yet on if Anderson Copper himself was the one who was able to bend light into a 3-dimensional object, but it's refreshing to see such technology used for something other than alerting Jedis to impending threats to galaxies far, far away.
So why use holograms? Is this the next great step in television reporting. Doubtful. They just as easily could have walked into a "special tent" and reported via satelite the usual way. But it's a gimmick that (kinda) set CNN apart from the rest of the pack this time around, including Fox News and MSNBC. And while the other networks can proudly say "Well, we don't need fancy technology! We report the facts!", the viewing public get to proudly proclaim "Kick ass! I watched the election on the network with holograms!...sorta'..."
If the networks continue to advance their technology at this pace, I look forward to next election when Hannity beams the results directly into my brain.