Total Recall: YouTube May 3, 2007Posted by gordonwatts in politics.
I think a lot of people have seen the YouTube spoof on the Gonzales hearing: someone spliced together every time he said I don’t recall. 72 or 74 times. I wonder how many people now VTR CSPAN looking for moments like this so they can post political satire?
I bring this up because we, here in the US, are entering the next round of presidential elections. First debate amongst the democratic candidates has already taken place. And bloggers and video cameras are everywhere. There is is just no way the campaigns are going to be able to control the message they way they used to — especially to the younger crowd. And if they get a good pot-shot onto YouTube then all the mainstream news programs will pick it up: there is no way they can ignore it.
At first (this whole campaign) this means that all the candidates are going to have to be “on” all the time. It is going to be horrible. They will never be able to relax and I doubt we’ll be able to tell much about what they are thinking. This is not a new argument. We are already in a place where candidates have to be careful what they say because the microphone might be “left” on. It will be worse now. Even one-on-one conversations can be easily recorded.
I expect this campaign to be horrible. Hopefully we and the candidates will eventually learn that everyone is human and we have to laugh at ourselves. I don’t have high hopes for this election, however. Maybe if more people watch the Daily Show…