Saturday, April 03, 2010

The First Family and the Family of Man

I've been writing and presenting a lot of material about Obama's online video presence and they ways that he uses platforms like YouTube for public diplomacy purposes. As this chronological montage of his YouTube performances shows, he has made separate videos addressing Muslim and Jewish audiences on particular holidays, but this one addresses all three faith traditions, before abruptly switching to a fireside track about the economy.

I've also been thinking about the domestic cinema that his administration presents and the role of the White House furnishings in authenticating his Internet address. In some cases I have actually taken the Commander in Chief out of the frame, in order to better see the lamps, flowers, flags, and decor that also serves as characters in the scene.

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