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Q & A with Gravel

Mike Gravel makes good on his word (below) and starts answering questions, the first about whether he takes health-industry contributions: Sound bite: "Walter, just follow the money."

The people as producer

I just spoke with ABC News about its upcoming debates and they're going to include voter videos -- and, one-upping CNN, they're going to enable voters to also have a voice (if not a vote) in what is selected and shown. Owen Renfro, a producer there, said most of the videos submitted here would be shared with the public, who can then rate and comment on them. Ratings won't be the sole determinant of what is used, but it will influence ABC News. That's all I've been wanting. The debate won't be devoted to user video. Renfro said CNN spent a lot to get its YouTube deal. But moderator George Stephanopoulos will use voter videos alongside his own questions in quizzing the candidates. The first of ABC's debates is with the Republicans in Iowa on Aug. 5. I learned this because ABC called to ask my permission to use this video question on health insurance -- originally sent in and unused from a Hillary Clinton morning town hall. I also submitted this one, which I sent to the YouTube debate, on broadband internet, and this one about whether the winner will stay online when in office. * LATER: Thanks to a commenter, we see the video is already up at ABC. Here's where you can go vote for the broadband video.

VoterVid: Science and Technology

The Phenomenauts from Oakland, CA ask the candidates “What will you do to bring America to the forefront of science again.” Very Devo-esque, including the pooch.

VoterVid: Historical Perspective

Hank asks the candidates “from what historic events do you draw lessons about the current conflict that we’re facing with Muslim extremists and how would you use those historic lessons as political structure for the solution of problems.”

My question for the YouTube debate

Here is my question for the YouTube/CNN Democrats' debate on U.S. broadband internet strategy: I say I'm worried about the digital divide -- between America and the world. The U.S. has fallen to 25th place in broadband penetration worldwide. Our broadband access costs, on average, 12 times more than Japan's and 7 times more than South Koreas, yet Japan's is 12 times faster than ours and Korea's 9.5 times faster. So I ask the candidates: Will you pledge today to assure all Americans affordable -- open -- high-speed internet access and how will you do it? This is a necessity for our economy, education, culture, and future.

YouTube debate: The picks of the questions so far

I've just watched all the early submissions of voter questions for candidates in the CNN/YouTube Democrats' debate. The interesting ones. The best question I've seen: Eddy wants to know what the candidates will do in the aftermath of withdrawl from Iraq. How will they prevent ethnic cleansing and civil war? A related question here. Jeremiah asks Clinton how she will change the mindset of young American women so we don't end up with a nation of Paris Hiltons: Staks, a man after my own First Amendment heart, wants to know whether the candidates will stand up for free speech against FCC censorship: Eric, a kid with braces and an unmade bed, wants to know whether the candidates would pardon George Bush if he were tried and convicted: She's a legal immigrant and she's pissed that in giving citizenship to illegals we are giving a bad lesson to the young about the rule of law: Scott from Tulsa wants to know when there will be gay rights: Vlogger The Resident wants to know what they'll do about climate change. The first of many, no doubt: Sean wants to know whether they'll back nuclear power: This young woman is worried about the economy and her future: Matthew wants to know how Clinton will protect us from the avarice of the military-industrial complex: A mom from West Virginia wants the candidates to say something nice about each other. Group hug. Ben wants to know what our place in the world should be: James Kotecki wants to know what the candidates will do to prepare us for the next Katrina:

PrezConference: Global Warming

Here’s a PrezConference question from a voter who thinks global warming is the “most important issue facing the Unites States today.” He asks all candidates to lay out their plans for cutting greenhouse gases 80% by 2050.

Met the press, meet the people

YouTube has been tight-lipped about how it was going to participate in its join debate with CNN in late July. Now details are coming out: They're going to take questions we, the people, have put up on YouTube and present them to the candidates. It's Prezconference. Bravo. Reports Ad Age:
As CNN's Anderson Cooper put it to viewers, "I'm going to host it, but, basically, it is going to be your questions and your YouTube videos the candidates are going to have to sit through and watch. So make them creative." The Time Warner-owned network is expected to make an announcement this week about the format of the first Democratic National Committee-sanctioned debate, asking users to upload their questions to YouTube with the promise that several of them will be put to the candidates that evening.
The Poynter Institute sniffs that they are "less convinced the YouTube component will indeed bring the voice of the common man into the debates -- it's still likely to be the activists who upload their questions." Hell, just look at the people responding to YouTube's candidate Spotlight questions or the ones who have posted Prezconference questions. Political activists? I'd say they're real people, sometimes very real.

Improving YouTube’s YouChoose ‘08 Spotlight

Educator David Colarusso has a suggestion on how the YouTube community can help improve YouTube’s YouChoose ‘08 Spotlight, in which candidates answer questions posed by viewers. Here’s Colarusso’s site where he has aggregated responses to a candidate’s video and further explains his plan. It’s a good thought that needs more exposure and expansion. Perhaps the community can urge YouTube to facilitate voter-candidate interaction by adding a feature to ‘08 Spotlight that allows viewers to easily vote up the questions they’d like to see answered. Jarvis adds: It's a great idea and exactly right: We, the people, should be deciding the questions that they, the candidates, answer. Colarusso is doing the best he can to make this happen on his own site. But it should not be difficult for YouTube to add Digg/Reddit voting functionality. Note well that this is how the Conservatives' Webcameron already operates in the UK: The voters vote up the questions he should answer. They pick three a week and Cameron's people pick two more. YouTube Spotlight, though, won't be the best venue for this discussion because it is led by the candidates themselves: they ask us their vapid questions. Instead, with PrezConference, we're suggesting that the people ask their own substantive questions of the candidates. And then, Colarusso's right, we need to decide which are the questions we all want addressed.

Debating debates

HuffingtonPost, Yahoo, and Slate have announced they are running two online presidential debates, one for each party, online after Labor Day, with Charlie Rose moderating questions from the public, who will, in turn, rate the performances of the candidates. That good. But I'm not sure what truly separates this from television town-hall-style debates, except that it will be online. And the audience rating will have about as much value as any utterly unscientific poll on a blog, talk show, or USA Today (given two of the sites involved, I think we can probably handicap those ratings right now; McCain and Clinton could channel Kennedy and Lincoln and they still would get raspberries). So what would I want? Maybe the debate should empower the wisdom of the crowd: We should vote up and select the questions that get asked. We should rate the answers as they occur and vote on whether followups should be asked. We should have a back-channel conversation, as we have at geeky conferences, that's monitored by the moderators so they can ask what's really on our mind and ask our own followups. And why limit this to an hour or so? The more we can press the candidates on more issues the better. This should be an ongoing, virtual, distributed debate that starts now and ends on election day. This is why we have proposed PrezConference, with you asking the candidates questions via YouTube. The more the better.

PrezVid Show: A response to Edwards

In response to his YouTube spotlight video, I have an entirely frivolous yet still sincere suggestion for Sen. John Edwards that can change his image and the tone of the entire YouTube discussion. I'm frustrated that Edwards and Mitt Romney before him are using the YouTube Spotlight to say nothing and, in fact, to ask us questions when they're the ones who should be answering questions. Edwards -- apparently competing with Barack Obama for the Kennedy mantle -- asks us what we will do to affect change (but without the classy accent and grammar: 'Ask not...'). Well, what change? And we're not the ones asking for votes here, you are. So why don't you tell us what you are going to change and how. I agree with this science teacher who turns the tables on Edwards -- as I did on Romney -- and asked him his own question back. YouTube presents us all with an unprecedented opportunity to discuss issues. Let's not waste it.

YouTube Spotlight launches

I got a sneak preview today of YouTube's new initiative trying to spark the dialogue between candidates and voters. Tonight they launched Spotlight, which each week gives a candidate the opportunity to ask the voters a question that will be highlighted on the news & politics page. We are to respond via videos on YouTube. At the end of the week, the candidates promise to respond with their thoughts, on video, on YouTube. Nine of the candidates (Romney, Clinton, Edwards, Obama, Biden, Giuliani, Hunter, Kucinich, McCain, Richardson, Paul) have signed up; the others (Dodd, Huckabee, Thompson) are MIA. The YouTube effort is, as they acknowledged to me today, pretty much the mirror image of our PrezConference initiative here at PrezVid: We invite you to ask the candidates questions. YouTube is inviting the candidates to ask you questions. Cool. However the dialogue starts, let's use the power of YouTube and the internet to start it. YouTube's first question comes from Mitt Romney. I had to chortle at his videeo:
It's as if he's talking to the slow Americans of YouTube. And his question is rather insipid: What do we think the greatest challenge facing America is? I'd rather hear what he thinks that greatest challenge is and how he can assure us we know which Mitt we're getting: the one we see today or the one we saw in '94 (which was the one I liked better, by the way). So, just like a New Yorker, I'll answer his question with a question: Note that the candidates can approve the video responses that go up with their videos. I spoke with Steve Grove, the news and politics editor at YouTube, about Spotlight. He said that he doesn't see this so much as a conversation but as an opportunity for candidates to "engage and mobilize" their voters. This is the conversation they initiate. And that is how candidates have seen the internet so far. That's how Howard Dean used it, to motivate and move his fans. Steve said that he, too, wants to encourage more interaction. YouTube, he argues, is "the first technological revolution of the 21st century for presidential candidates." Agreed. So the gauntlet is thrown down. The candidates have the opportunity to speak with voters via YouTube Spotlight and PrezVid PrezConference. Let's start talking.

PrezConference: More questions

More questions for the candidates via PrezConference. This one from Hungary on America's relationship with Europe, a question I, too, want answered:
And this one from a young woman about global warming:
Remember: Put up your questions on YouTube and tag them PREZCONFERENCE.

Being heard

Lee Gomes in today's Wall Street Journal notes the first candidate's response to a PrezConference question from a voter:
As candidates deal with the Web, they will start to learn that many Web users have an extremely high opinion of themselves and the online lifestyle they are now leading.
Unlike newspaper columnists. But I digress.
Last week, Joe Biden responded via a Webcam to a question posed to him via YouTube. The response was called "a milestone in presidential politics" by one blogger, as though it marked the first time a candidate had ever been asked a question by a citizen. Then again, Sen. Biden's answer was one minute and 47 seconds long, which is the length of the average long report on a nightly newscast. The question involved the sorts of sacrifices Americans should be called on to make. The answer from the senator mentioned energy conservation and the war in Iraq. Being able to watch a candidate talk about an issue for a whole two minutes unfortunately has been a luxury in the U.S., though the Internet is in the process of changing that.

PrezConference: Two more questions

Two more questions for the candidates. The first on Iraq and what happens when the candidates (well, except for John McCain) get us out of there:
The second on whether the candidates will continue to blog, vlog, MySpace, and YouTube once in the White House:
Here, again, is my invitation to all of you to post your questions under the tag PREZCONFERENCE.


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