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PrezVid Show: Video and the French election

On the way to Davos, I interviewed Loic Le Meur, pioneering French blogger and now vlogging and interactive advisor to conservative French presidential candidate Nicolas Sarkozy. (Le Meur ran the Le Web conference in Paris and stirred up some dust when he invited Sarkozy and other candidates to speak.) For all the attention American candidates are getting in our YouTube election, the video scene in France's election is far ahead, moreso on Sarkozy's site than on that of his liberal opponent, Segolene Royal (you supply the accents, please). On Sarkozy's, we hear not just from the candidate but from lots of voters. In my interview, Le Meur said he is instituting the means for people to leave Sarkozy questions and vote them up so that he would answer one a day on video (since I don't speak French, I can't tell you what's happening). Le Meur also said that he has two people following the candidate all day, videotaping and vlogging his activities. This, he says, will lead to a new view of the candidate one cannot see on the news because it's hard to put forth a packaged personality that's not real when you're being taped constantly. He also said he's holding weekly pizza parties for bloggers of both camps at the Sarkozy headquarters.

Edwards on the YouTube election

WNYC Radio's Brian Lehrer -- who has a powerful forum in New York -- is interviewing the presidential candidates and he asked John Edwards about the YouTube election and that video.
A transcript:
Brian Lehrer: Is this going to be the YouTube election? John Edwards: YouTube's going to play a role, I can tell you that. There's a lot happening out there happening on the net, including YouTube, outside the control of candidates and that's not a bad thing.... Lehrer: Do you think the political content on sites like YouTube is good for democracy, bad for democracy or mixed? Edwards: Very good for Democracy. Lehrer: Why? Edwards: Because we believe in a country where everyone can express their opinions. There shouldn't be, with very rare exceptions, any limit on people's ability to express those opinions. It's a marketplace of ideas and a new opportunity for grassroots activism, which is so critical to strengthening democracy. Lehrer: But people can also do attacks that are not vetted or just low blows. Somebody has a video up there of you fixing your hair for two-minutes plus. Edwards: They're entitled to do that. Listen I'm running for President of the United States. My fans can put up video of me doing something they think is extraordinary: walking through Ugandan villages. And people who are not my fans or just want to poke fun can do that. Listen, it goes with the territory. Lehrer: That video of you and your hair is No. 2 right now on YouTube when you search 'John Edwards.' That doesn't demean your presidential candidacy? Edwards? No, no, I'm human like anybody else.

(Silicon) Valley Girl

After meeting with a group of technology leaders at Google headquarters in Mountain View, CA last Friday, Hillary Clinton took part in a chatfest with employees as a headliner for the Women@Google speaker series. Clinton took questions from the audience and spoke about health care, education, technology and alternate energy sources. Note: The clip runs 43 minutes.

PrezVid on Public Radio

Faith Salie, host of public radio's new Fair Game, interviews Jeff Jarvis about PrezVid. Listen here (or here):

A quick snippet of video from the control room:
* AND WHILE we're bragging about the attention PrezVid is getting, here's a link from and to Bill Thompson's column at the BBC on the new political world online.

PrezVid Show: Kucinich on Broadway

Dennis Kucinich presented himself to a meeting of AFSCME as the candidate with no strings attached as he went flying around the stage. So how could we resist setting that to music? Watch our choices below. What's your soundtrack for Kucinich on Broadway?
Embed code here: YouTube codes here. Related: Kucinich sings 16 Tons. John Edwards on Broadway (in his dressing room, that is). kucinichsings.jpgedwardsthumb.jpg

Why PrezVid?

Since I dove right into PrezVid without an introductory post and mission statement and because I'm talking about the YouTube campaign on Monday with Faith Salie on her public-radio show (which has been on my iTunes subscription list for a few weeks; I'm a fast fan), I thought I should answer the questions: Why PrezVid? And what will PrezVid do? Of course, I have many answers: First, almost every one of the presidential candidates is using YouTube and internet video to open up a new channel to voters. As I said in my Guardian column, this is an eye-to-eye medium that lets the candidates speak directly to individuals on a small screen instead of from a big platform. It lets them control the message and set the agenda and tone. It enables them to bypass the soundbiting of network news (yes, the messages are still short, but you can say a helluva lot more in two minutes than in 10 seconds and you can control what is said). Second, voters in the field are taping everything the candidates do. I say this is good; it makes the campaigns more public. Will we have our macaca moments? Oh, you bet. Sometimes, this will reveal the candidates' true character. But sometimes, it will merely confirm that we're all human and all screw up. The question will be: how well will media and the electorate distinguish between the two? Third, this allows us, the voters, to see the candidates in a new light. Of course, they are still controlled and stage-managed. But still, more exposure to them that we get, the better we can judge both their words and their character. See the change not just in what Mitt Romney said but in how he acted in 1994 versus today (more on that later). Fourth, internet video helps us speak back to the candidates. The politicians are trying to manage this as well: see McCain with his questions via YouTube. But there'll be plenty of uncontrolled talking-back: see The Real McCain. Fifth, this will give us all an opportunity to see the campaign commercials that, in recent years, could be seen only in battleground states. I hope this will put a harsher light on filthy campaigning. We'll see. So PrezVid will track the course of the YouTube campaign through video everywhere. We will show you the videos we think that matter -- from candidates, from citizens, and from remixers. We will look at how internet video affects the campaign and the country. We will offer criticism and commentary. And we'll have some fun. And we'll do that both in blog posts and in vlog shows.

One Dem Down

The first Democratic candidate to enter the 2008 race for President has become the first to throw in the towel. Former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack says he's dropping out because "The reality is that this process has become ... about money, a lot of money." And Vilsack simply couldn't raise enough to compete. Here's why he wanted to be President:

Are campaigns conversations?

Patrick Ruffini says that campaigns are not conversations and he'll be surprised to hear that I agree with him. He says:
“Campaigns are conversations.” If I hear this one more time, I swear my head is going to explode. Campaign 2008 already has its most overused cliche, at least among us techie types. “Let the conversation begin,” blares Hillary Clinton’s Web site. “Start the conversation,” says Chris Dodd’s. “This campaign is about YOU,” proclaims Barack Obama’s. Jeff Jarvis has a new blog on Presidential video dedicated to the Platonic ideal of campaigns as a neverending bull session with the voters. Problem is, I don’t get the point of this exactly. At some level, this seems like no more than a basic transposition of Doc Searls’ “markets are conversations,” which is brilliant as applied to business because markets are inherently leaderless. It’s trickier to apply this pure and abstract ideal to politics where the voice of the people matters but where voters can and do evaluate candidates as leaders who stand on principle and don’t just do things because they’re popular.
He's right. The comment I left there:
Actually, I don't say that campaigns are conversations. In the end, a campaign must be propagandistic: It must be the candidate getting his or her views spread, which includes making your allies spread them for you. The only thing two-way about the Dean campaign was the organizational end ('hey, kids, let's invade Iowa'). The messaging was and inevitably is one-way, once the candidate has a stand -- and once the campaign has begun, he or she better have a stand. I don't use propaganstic pejoratively; it's reality. Having said that, you're also right that candidates must listen and there are new ways to listen. So they can be more conversational. But my real point about the use of YouTube et al is that it allows the candidates to act more conversationally, to look us right in the eye on our small screens after we've clicked and talk to us quietly, at a human scale, not from a big platform in a huge crowd. Maybe, just maybe, it also allows us, the voters, to be heard better. But we'll see.

Obama at LA Fundraiser

Here's a short clip of Barack Obama speaking at a recent Los Angeles fundraiser. (No video, unfortunately, of David Geffen trashing the Clintons.)

BarackTV: Obama-Lite

While Hillary Clinton has promised to release a series of issue-oriented videos - starting with Iraq - and the John Edwards site features a clip laying out his Health Care plan, BarackTV is sticking with what’s working: Obama-mania. Here’s one of the campaign’s latest videos: “Word on the Street,” shot in Concord, New Hampshire. Regular folks (including a couple of guys originally from Kenya, home of Obama’s father) tell us how excited they are to meet the candidate, how they like his grassroots approach, how he appeals to both Democrats and Republicans, how he answered the “difficult” questions (not in this clip, unfortunately), and on and on. Since declaring his candidacy, all the official Obama campaign videos show us animated (yet earnest) citizens and cheering crowds, along with Obama delivering his standard inspirational message - which he does damn well, as even his opponents acknowledge. So, if you’re the rock star candidate, why not ride this train as long as you can. Iowa and New Hampshire are in the spotlight now, of course, but raising money nationally is the first real primary test. And Obama-Lite is playing well in that important race. Plenty of time for staking out real positions on real issues. Isn’t there?

The commercial onslaught begins

Mitt Romney has the dubious honor of giving us the first presidential commercial of the '08 campaign (via HuffingtonPost Eat the Press):
He says it's the time for no more "dithering" in Washington. Dithering. Nice verb. We're all against dithering. The nice thing about having the first ad is that you have no attacks to respond to yet. Just wait.

Malkin Mashes up Hillary’s Iraq Video

Columnist Michelle Malkin took a look at the recent Hillary Clinton video that laid out her current positon on Iraq. She didn't like it much.

YouTube: The new C-SPAN

Speaker Nancy Pelosi's blog -- note how that rolls off the keyboard -- has been putting up video of representatives floor speeches against the war. That's fascinating enough but get how they are posting the video: via YouTube. Here is Pelosi's own YouTube user page. C-SPAN has been the place to get source information on video: watch and judge for yourself. Now YouTube can take over that role and not just for limited official events but for source video anywhere.

PrezVid Show: Advice for McCain

The latest PrezVid show offers advice for John McCain, who unveiled his new web site this weekend with new videos.
McCain's videos may be ready for prime time, but not for YouTube. He doesn't speak directly to those of us who are clicking; he speaks off-camera, as if this were an interview, or he speaks through music and polished production, as if this the video were intended for the giant screens at a nominating convention. He doesn't yet understand that this is a conversation, one-on-one. He appears on an antiseptic, white background, nothing like the homey atmospherics of other candidates' videos; it's as if he's trying out for Star Wars, not the White House. But McCain has one good idea: He solicits questions for his virtual town hall via YouTube. This means that -- unlike in Hillary Clinton's tete-a-tetes -- we will get to see which questions he has the guts to answer and which not. I wonder whether they realized that. * To embed this video on your blog (please) cut-and-paste this code:

Hillary Clinton’s Iraq show

Hillary Clinton launches a weekly series of videos, starting with the issue of issues: Iraq. "You need to know what I'm thinking and I need to know what you're thinking and right now, there isn't one of us who isn't thinking about Iraq." She brags about going there and says, "I came back even more determined to stop the President's escalation of troops into Iraq and to start the redeployment of troops out of Iraq." She talks about her plan: capping the number of troops at January levels, mandating equipment and training for troops sent, setting benchmarks for the Iraqi government, convening an international conference, and starting a "phased redeployment of our troops out of Iraq" within 90 days. "Let me be clear, if George Bush doesn't end this war before he leaves office, when I'm President, I will." The video made news.


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