On The Media: The History of Election Night
Election night television coverage used all sorts of high-and-low tech gimmickry to communicate results to viewers. The top of the Empire State Building was lit with climbing red and blue bars as states were called for each candidate, and there were the slick, luminous electoral maps activated by the touch of an anchor’s hand. (No holograms though.) Brooke Gladstone speaks with journalism professor Ira Chinoy, who says that election night and technology have enjoyed a surprisingly long marriage. Listen here.