Thoughts About YouTube
by Melissa Ryan, Sat Jul 28, 2007 at 11:49:03 AM EDT
It looks like the GOP YouTube debate is a bust. The partisan Democrat in me is of course happy see see the GOP show it's true colors. Is anyone surprised that most of the Republican field fears having to answer questions submitted by ordinary Americans? But I also crave opportunities to get people reengaged in the political process, no matter what their affiliation. For that reason I'm disappointed that the Republican debate may not happen.
YouTube has given politics a much needed adrenaline boost. From Macaca moments to candidate spotlights activists and politicians are finding new and innovative ways to utilize the power of viral video. Much like blogging the barrier to entry is low, but short videos have a even broader reach. YouTube is possibly the most powerful tool in an online political activist's arsenal.
Are the Republican candidates trying to neuter YouTube and it's impact? I wonder. But of course in the long run their efforts will only make YouTube, and those who engage in politics via viral video, even more relevant.