Dear Donald, How About A TrumpScope?

Dear Donald,

A small suggestion. You point out during your rallies that the MSM typically doesn’t show the crowds. (In fairness, I have seen one, IIRC FOX, who did). I have recently learned about a “Citizen Broadcasting” site called “Periscope”. I would like to suggest that you hire a couple of folks equipped with decent phones ( it uploads from smartphones / tablets) and have one showing the crowd from your point of view, one showing you on the podium as you speak, and one toward the back of the room or outside showing just how Huuuuuge things are.

Here’s a sample of one such video. ( I have no idea how long Periscope keeps them in archive. They have LIVE events at the top of a topic list, but recorded presentations are kept in a list for viewing out of time sync.)

I just watched it before starting this posting, so now the text says “ended 23 minutes ago”, but in fact, I was able to be in your rally crowd, live, for 5 minutes. It’s a very different experience from “News at 11 – redacted and edited”…

Ended 23 minutes ago
In crowd with the Michigan #TrumpTrain #TrumpRally. YUGGGEEE MOVEMENT!!!!!

If you connect to the top level of Periscope, there are the 3 current most active videos. Along the left edge there is a search panel (you can hide it or bring it back with the magnifying glass icon). In that search panel, entering #MAGA, #Trumptrain, or just Trump pulls up existing choices.

Were you to put good quality feeds up for your events, and let the Trumptrain know they existed, I’m sure Trump events would be in the top 3 panels every time they happened. Heck, tagged as “Stageview” “Crowd” and “Trumpview” I suspect you will have 3 top feeds.

Now I’ve tagged this article with several things that usually don’t go together. Art and Tech. Human Interest and Political Current Events. News Why? Because it is capturing a fusion of those things. Periscope is “Personal Broadcast Network” and “Citizen Journalism” with all that implies. Some of it has “low production values” (makeup, Makeup? We don’t need no steeeenking MAKEUP!! ;-) and some of the language is “as she is spoke” sometimes in the gutter. But above all else, it is real and live and honest. No censors. No editors. No one between you and the Army Of One Broadcaster.

In my opinion, this puts a fence around traditional media. From this point forward, every riot, every rally, every significant event where people gather, will end up with phones out and live video rolling to the world. Should the MSM try to “spin” that too much, they will be faced with a 1000 points of video light…

Compared to Youtube and related? What Periscope brings to the table is the immediacy of it. LIVE video. You see the news as it is happening from the POV of a real person in the middle of it. (I ought to mention there are thousands of non-news ‘channels’ too. Folks playing music, having their own cooking show, whatever.) Also, the audience can provide feedback. You will see ‘text bubbles’ at the left of the video. One financial show had the presenter answering questions from that feedback to him. So yes, youtube gives everyone a DVD Store. Periscope gives everyone a live broadcast station, with DVR built in.

This is “art by the people” and very much human interest. It is the new form of news, and it is about current political events. It also is certainly tech. In that fusion, or perhaps from that fusion, comes a new way of seeing the world. Live, unfiltered, as it happens. The gatekeepers of the world have been bypassed with WiFi and 4G.

In Conclusion

So that’s my pitch. Take a look at it. Think it over. Cost of entry is a person with a smart phone. Reach is global and as far as you can spread the #Trumpscope tag.

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About E.M.Smith

A technical managerial sort interested in things from Stonehenge to computer science. My present "hot buttons' are the mythology of Climate Change and ancient metrology; but things change...
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34 Responses to Dear Donald, How About A TrumpScope?

  1. BobN says:

    Almost every speech is done by live streaming on YouTube.
    I have watched many of them and find them enjoyable.

  2. gallopingcamel says:

    Here is a video shot at the Trump rally in Melbourne, Florida on Tuesday, September 27. According to the local press there were 8,500 in the AeroMod hanger.

    The fire marshal called “HALT” because he said the safe limit for the building had been exceeded so at least another 5,000 people were denied admission. No matter what the true numbers were, what impressed me was the enthusiasm of the attendees. You won’t see anything like this at a Clinton rally.
    My friend Mike Wheeler made a video:!AvtnwPyW70LGghbXKdj-EVHyfgCI

    We arrived at 5 p.m. and our first problem was to find the “end of the line”. The people standing in line with us were tremendously animated and if you listen to the video you will notice that some of them were speaking Spanish. Two hours later we made it into the huge hangar, just in time for the Donald to appear. He made a pretty impressive entrance borrowing music from Ronald Reagan’s 1980 campaign. Let’s hope history will repeat itself:

    The Clintons use their political offices to enrich themselves. They started in petty fashion using the Rose law firm, cattle futures, the Lincoln bedroom, the WH travel office and stealing furniture from the
    White House. Today their larceny is “Big League” with $27 million in a single year from Wall Street ($250,000 for a 20 minute speech) and over $100 million for selling US uranium mining rights to foreigners.

    Now they are involved in something that could facilitate the detonation of a nuclear device on US soil:

    The Clintons have taken political corruption to a new level and they are recklessly endangering this country. Let’s make sure Hillary does not win the presidency.

  3. Greg22 says: Boron, sorry cannot find tip page

  4. Gail Combs says:

    IIRC, I read over at the TreeHouse that The Donald footed the bill for Rightside Broadcasting to buy top of the line video equipment so they can livestream themselves and not have to use a common feed.

    I think that is why on the their last broadcast of a rally I saw they kept panning the crowds at the rally.

  5. Larry Ledwick says:

    This little look into Hillary behind very well paid doors (ie) what she says at expensive private speeches. Apparently she is unaware that there is an internet and this stuff is out there for everyone interested to find.

  6. Eilert says:

    RSBN is showing all of Trumps events on YouTube:

  7. E.M.Smith says:

    @Eilert & Gail & Bobn:

    Clearly I’m in the early part of the learning curve on all this internet TV and alternative broadcasting stuff. So, OK, in addition to Youtube Live and Rightside, what other live internet broadcasters exist? (Or what is the proper search term to find them…)

  8. John Silver says:

    This dude even wants to get off YouTube using p2p Webtorrent.
    Check it out, it’s the future now:

  9. Larry Ledwick says:

    Hmmm sounds promising. I’m not a gamer so without your post I would never have heard of this.

    Same video on Youtube
    Links below the video on youtube

  10. Gail Combs says:

    E.M. OANN is the other group recommended by The Treehouse.

    I am an info. aggregator. I am trying to spread useful information around to various websites. I figure we can not all read everything so each of us shares useful tibits sifted out of the dross, like the stuff Larry is getting off twitter.

    I take the stuff I find here and pass it on.

    This is the problem the Hillary camp is running into. It is not a centralized group but an interconnected web.

    It reminds me of the problem the British had in 1776. Regimented fighters against guerrilla warfare. Only now the guerrilla warfare is fought on the internet. Andrew Breitbart went down and a dozen more like The Treehouse popped up.

  11. Gail Combs says:

    John Silver says: “This dude even wants to get off YouTube using p2p Webtorrent…. “

    I do know that YouTube made a policy change recently that P.O.ed a lot of people who had built businesses around YouTube. When you are talking some very very computer savvy people it does not pay to P.O. your customers. They might just pickup their marbles and go into competition with you. snicker.

  12. E.M.Smith says:

    Ah, my first Live Trump Event:

    Nominally started about a half hour ago, but as is often the case, Trump running late, so it is still music and milling crowd.

    LIVE Stream: Donald Trump Rally in Manheim, PA 10/1/16

    Started streaming 50 minutes ago
    Saturday, October 1, 2016: Live streaming coverage of the Donald J. Trump for President rally in Manheim, PA at Spooky Nook Sports. Live coverage begins at 7:00 PM ET.

    LIVE Stream: Donald Trump Rally in Manheim, PA 10/1/16
    News & Politics
    Standard YouTube License

    Nice music tho…

    Oh, and Add:
    “18,296 watching now”
    to the event attendance…

  13. E.M.Smith says:


    I call it “A cooperating anarchy of fiefdoms”. It is substantially the same as the router architecture of the internet. Each and every router is a Sovereign. Each and every one enforces whatever policies and procedures it chooses. Yet they cooperate to make a system that by design by DARPA can not be taken down.

    Each and every one of US is a Sovereign. We each choose to do what we think best. There is NO Central Authority. There is NO “Thought Leader”. There is only “We, the People”… each and every one of us empowered as WE see fit. The American Way in action ;-)

    And Per pissing off Tech folks: Er, yeah… “That’s gonna be a problem…” and “That’s gonna hurt..” come to mind. Where do they think Snowden and the UEA data dump and WIki Leaks and… all the rest come from? “It’s a very bad idea to annoy the geek. -E.M.Smith”

    For example, should the handoff of internet domain authority go off tonight (i.e. court doesn’t block it for the suit) and then ‘goes badly’: I stand fully ready and able to start shoving a DIY roll your own internet design out to the world… as do thousands of others. It can easily be constructed as an “Overlay Network” on top of ‘whatever’ is ‘allowed’. (Like TOR and the .onion domain, but a bit less paranoid and a whole lot easier to set up. Essentially cooperating VPNs and a distributed DNS for that ‘bandit’ darknet space. Would take a modestly computer aware person about an hour or two to join, a couple of more to set up their own servers to the world…) Like I’ve said many times: Allow ANY communications, and you have allowed ALL. Best you can do is slow it down and make it a tiny bit harder to implement.

    @Larry & John Silver:

    Oooohhh! Mikey Likey!

    I love the nature of p2p networks and the way torrent works to make robust mesh data flow. Add video to it and “Bob’s Ur Uncle!”…

  14. E.M.Smith says:

    22,533 watching now

    Then, at 5:22, the feed drops…

    Hmmm….. Well, at least Trump had not shown up yet, so there is time to “debug” it and get the feed restarted…

    And… it’s back.

    5,758 watching now

    but with a lot of folks needing to reconnect…

    Rat, or accident? One is left to wonder…

  15. E.M.Smith says:

    Donald has shown up, at last…
    23,137 watching now

  16. E.M.Smith says:

    26,142 watching now

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  17. Larry Ledwick says:

    Maybe I missed it but I love the idea that bluedrake42 outlines but he did not really say how they were doing it. He implies that the “application” they were using already exists but I did not actually catch the “how to” of what he was doing. Would love to see a step by step for future reference. In the video he did say they were still testing and debugging so perhaps the fundamental building blocks already exists but have not been all glued together yet and sorted out.

    It they can put together a “roll your own” kit for that it would be great to have in the tool box, since I do not have the experience with networking to pull it out of my “hat” on short notice.

  18. E.M.Smith says:


    I’ll be following up on it as I love all things torrent… so if I can write a “how to” I will write a how to.

    My guess is that they just feed video into a bittorrent code, then do the assemble and buffer (ho hum code) and pipe into a display video ap.

    Essentially it ought to just be three bits of code and a set of pipes… Oh, and a pretty wrapper…

  19. E.M.Smith says:

    Man Trump knows how to work a crowd…

    Video ending… and I’m ready to send him a resume and say “whatever you need, whatever you pay”…

  20. gallopingcamel says:

    Wow! Thank you for that live link. I listened to the entire speech and look forward to many more.

  21. Larry Ledwick says:

    Man Trump knows how to work a crowd…

    That was exactly my reaction to the Florida speech. He has an instinctive sense of where to go in the speech and what it takes to hook the audience.

  22. gallopingcamel says:

    Will there be a way to watch the feed when it is no longer live?

    For example my bridge nights run from 1900 to 2200 hours so I might miss some of Trump’s more uplifting speeches.

  23. Larry Ledwick says:

    I just watched it on

    youtube has it here —
    Run time is 3 hours but the actual speech starts at about 1:45, he was delayed by weather.

  24. Larry Ledwick says:

    Hope this works Trump statement on taxes.

  25. Larry Ledwick says:

    By the way rumors on twitter that something big on wikileaks is about to drop that will be a serious hit on the HRC campaign.

    Bill Mitchell ‏@mitchellvii 18 minutes ago

    The rumor is this wikileaks dump will destroy the Hillary Campaign completely. Just have to wait and see on that.

  26. Larry Ledwick says:

    Item on how the unemployed and under employed may factor into this election.

  27. Larry Ledwick says:

    Well I poked around on periscope – apparently I don’t have enough bandwidth on my desktop computer, as huge latency, just not watchable. Takes forever to browse through the videos on the front page with the ^ and V arrow tabs.

  28. Larry Ledwick says:

    Achmed the dead terrorist has a public service announcement:

  29. E.M.Smith says:


    It looks like events get an archived copy for watching later at most places (well, all that I’ve looked at…)


    Ah, yes, the bandwidth problem… depending on the box you use, the line to the internet, others on the line, the server load, etc etc things can be fast or slow… I’ve had YouTubes that were unwatchable (too many changing things in a large field and camera motion so not compressible and compression is essential in internet video) and I’ve had times it was fine.

    Achmed? Oh Boy! That’s gonna leave a mark… ;-)

  30. John Silver says:

    @E.M Smith

    You and Tony Heller should get together and hack some Webtorrent TV.

  31. Larry Ledwick says:

    FYI if anyone is interested:
    This is supposed to be a live video feed for Trump’s Loveland Colorado rally today at 6:00 pm, in about 10 hours and 30 minutes from now. It currently has a count down clock running

  32. Larry Ledwick says:

    It has been very interesting to see the political spin from foreign news sources regarding our election. From this link from France you would have no clue that DJT is packing arenas and Hillary has trouble filling a church.

    From Reuters
    (note the crowd in the Loveland appearance in the top picture)

  33. Jeff says:

    Same thing in Germany, where our presstitutes are referred to as the “Lügenpresse” (the lying press) and are doing everything in their power to retain that title. There have been utterly no articles with anything positive about Trump; only “Die Welt” is neutral, but facing left, as it were.

    I’m beginning to wonder what happened to German skepticism, But I think the press here is owned just the same as it is in the USA. The people, however, refuse to be fooled, judging from the comment sections on the major online dailies, where refuting/criticizing/flaming the article has become something of a sport. Pumping irony, perhaps…

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