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How about this?:

There was a piece about this in the NY Times by Alessanda Stanley a week ago.

"In a culture where growing numbers of viewers say they get their news from ''The Daily Show With Jon Stewart'' and ''The Colbert Report,'' and at a time when anything shocking or amusing on television can be downloaded and e-mailed instantly, candidates are co-opting the YouTube revolution.

They imitate the spirit of citizen-created parody spots, siphon off pop culture, and go to extremes to stand out and win a free ride on the Internet, on news programs and comedy shows."

The link is below - it's in their subscriber section now but Philips is giving free access this week as part of their "Simplicity" campaign.


I could talk about this for a while.

These two guys pretty much control the UK Political blogoshpere. When Newsnight refer to 'internet rumours' this is what they mean.



Iain has just started an internet TV channel called 18 Doughty St. Guido Fawkes has broken many a scandal and has a satirical channel called Guy News.



Can't leave without mentioning ConservativeHome which is used as a beta platform for many, many Tory ideas. And WebCameron deserves a mention too. Easy to ridicule hard to ignore.



If the Tories win the next election those websites mentioned above will have a played a big, big part.

David Kileyn has just written a short piece on the BusinessWeek blog on the youtube effect:

I gave a talk a few months back at a PR conference in Melbourne. My topic was on the influence of the web or something like that.

None of the audience had heard of YouTube. None of them had a blog.

I talked about how blogs and YouTube could and would be used to build conversation around candidates and political topics in the upcoming US election.

Suffice to say I had a lot of PR folks wanting to chat with me once we broke for tea.

Henry Jenkins talks about this today here

Well, "youtube" is certainly the new buzzword in political new articles (besides the now famous "microtargeting"), but really, what it comes down to is accountability.

Because you're able to track things (email open rates, number of video views, number of posts read, number of comments, etc) with technology that were never trackable before, you have suddenly added a layer of accountability to parts of politics that were 'best guesses' before. While before you relied on the "advice of experts" to tell you how good an add is, you can now test those experts and see if they're full of it. Not surprisingly, this has a lot of people scared.

sorry, don't know much about politics.

but have you thought of accompanying a post with a picture of 'a post'?

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