Archive for March 14th, 2007
Chris Dodd takes to YouTube to talk about his Daily Show appearance with Jon Stewart. He's in favor of humor. Firm on that issue.
Dodd does repeat the joke that his polling numbers are competing with the margin of error.
Ironically, of course Dodd can't show his actually appearance on YouTube or else he'd get sued for a billion or so. Here it is:
Stewart calls him -- and Richardson -- a "resume candidate," someone who, on paper makes sense. But, he says, we never get resume candidates.
The presidential candidates are neglecting the video duties. Obama hasn't uploaded a new video to YouTube for five days. Clinton hasn't put up a new one in four days. Edwards has been unseen for a week. Many -- too many -- of the videos they're putting up are from TV appearances or from loud rallies. If you want to use this medium as a conversation, people, then you have to converse. As any blogger can tell you, if you don't blog regularly, you won't be read (or watched) regularly. This is like starting a TV show and then making us guess when you're going to put out the next episode. You're not the Sopranos, folks. You need to get on a regular schedule of talking with us or we won't be listening. Just some friendly advice.
McCain's camp puts up not one, not two, but three videos with his roommate at the Hanoi Hilton extolling his virtues. It's giving me flashbacks to Swiftboats, but somehow I don't think it will be the same. McCain's still not following my advice and just talking with us. All his videos look as if they're produced, with great optimism, to be shown right before he comes out at the convention to accept the nomination.
* * *
McCain's other new video is of Cindy McCain battling landmines.
(All these videos comes with the same waterfallesque piano music. I feel as if I'm watching in an elevator.
In the comments on my report about Webcameron in London, Tim Ireland -- who produced the site for Labour blogger Tom Watson -- responds to the claims from Sam Roake, web man for David Cameron. Ireland said that "Cameron’s early broadcasts were very much scripted affairs with a deliberate ‘candid’ setting" and that "the family setting was window dressing." I emailed Ireland to ask him why he thought the right was ahead in small TV in Europe and the left in America. He responded, starting with the UK, with four words: "Blair, money, timing and spin." And then he added a fifth: Iraq.
It was primarily a left-wing affair when political blogging really got going in the UK. But there were obstacles when it came to recruiting MPs and councillors and/or getting support from their parties. Along with the usual fear of the unknown and the overwhelming desire to subvert or control rather than contribute, there was Iraq to deal with. It was a brave Labour MP who allowed comments on their website when a series of Very Big Unanswered Questions were on the loose.Yes, this might explain why Labor pols in the UK and Republicans in the US are rather camera-shy these days. Ireland also challenges the format of small TV for politics:
Vlogging provides shallow, easy-answer, image-reliant tosspots with a perfect vehicle to peddle their wares... but someone actually willing to discuss (*gasp*) policy and have the guts to have their views challenged would be far better off with published text. Broadcasting is by definition more of a one-way affair. . .Well, that depends very much on how it is used. Video can be a medium for conversation, now that it's small.