By sschablow January 23, 2007
I’ve heard the 2008 Presidential election called the “YouTube Election” on more than one occasion. It’s sure to accelerate amidst the swelling numbers of candidates announcing their candidacy on the Internet. In 2006 online video was used mostly as an attack tactic. That has clearly changed as candidates are scrambling to get their unfiltered message to the people. Former senator John Edwards (D-N.C.), Senator Barack Obama (D-IL.) and Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) have all widely posted clips. This week Clinton will participate in three live online chats. A Washington Post article claims:
” The accelerated use of campaign video is likely to continue throughout the
2008 campaign as technology opens new opportunities and challenges, with
even more significant changes likely by 2012, when Internet Protocol
television — the equivalent of television channels based on the Web –
becomes more technically and financially feasible.”
Personally, I’d like to see the candidates use the Internet technology for more live debates. What do you think?