A couple of weeks ago the Future Salon hosted an event called Extreme Democracy that looked at some technologies that affect and facilitate participation in democracy.
On that tip, I see that Kuma Reality Games have a new release in the works that recreates then-25-year-old presidential candidate John Kerry's 1969 journey down the Mekong Delta in a Swift Boat on the day he earned his Silver Star. According to the Kuma site the download will include "[a] broadband video news show, real-world intel, satellite images and the background you need to understand a key issue in this year's presidential election."
MSNBC had an article on on this earlier in the month (John Kerry, action hero). Here's a slice quoting Kuma's CEO, Keith Halper:
"The level of rancor has been so high and what is lost is the details," said Halper referring to the attacks on Kerry's Vietnam service by the partisan group, Swift Boat Veterans for Truth. "People want to know, what did Kerry do? What did swift boats do in Vietnam? What types of missions did swift boats go on?"
I'm also very happy to announce that Keith will be speaking about the future of Kuma's "interactive reporting" at Accelerating Change 2004.