Tuesday, July 24, 2007

The Morning After

Today was the big post-mortem on last night's first "YouTube debate" on CNN, with the blogosphere ruminating on how well the Democratic candidates fielded questions from the video-sharing site. Ratings and responses was generally positive.

Even as the spin doctors were beginning to analyze this transmedia experiment, John Edwards continued to answer questions from YouTube filmmakers long after the actual conclusion of the debate. Posed next to his silver laptop and thus providing still more product placement for Apple, you have to give Edwards credit for tackling questions in the order in which they received the most viewer votes as tabulated at the mash-up site Community Counts. Of course, as readers have pointed out, the unaired impeachment question rose to the number one slot, which Edwards credited to "LonelyGirl 15" rather than the other LonelyGirl15. (The impeachment campaign has also been using how-to videos for traditional epistolary efforts.) Not far behind was the question that I would have liked to have seen aired on CNN on possible solutions to the problem of media consolidation that included a plug for network neutrality.

James Kotecki was a busy man at the after party, where you can see he learned a few moves from fellow Internet celebrity the Obama Girl, who has recently taken on the Giuliani girls in a her new video.

Of course, if I were to pick an African-American YouTube political chanteuse I would pick this LonelyGirl parody over the more MTV-conventionally marketed Obama girl.

Unfortunately, most other commentators seemed unaware of even the shortest of the short history of YouTube politics represented by this montage or the track record kept by Tech President of statistics that compare channel views for the candidates' YouTube campaigns or even the pretensions to bridge the gap between analysis from the academy and that from the mainstream media at the PrezVid blog. My colleague Mark Nunes would have probably been a lot better than many of the talking heads I've heard today.

Particularly bad was the today's typo-filled LA Times coverage, which called those who submitted questions "uploaders" rather than "YouTubers," "directors," or "YouTube community members."

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