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Politics Get Real on CitizenTube May 23, 2007

Posted by Joanne KY Teoh in Web Video, YouTube.

Political videos are taking off on the Web as a campaign media for politicians and the voice of politically active citizens. Just as MySpace Impact has become a platform for U.S. presidential hopefuls, YouTube followed suit last month by aggregating its influx of political videos into a dedicated channel – CitizenTube.

To be sure, YouTubers have been doing their own political videos, interviews, vlogs and mashups. With CitizenTube, the free video-sharing site is seeking to formalize this interest into a channel, to ride the political wave until November 2008 and make their sites a destination for the politically active.

CitizenTube’s mission is to add fuel to the revolution that is YouTube politics. It is a place where everyone, from users to candidates, has the same chance to be seen and heard. Let the best ideas win.

STEVE GROVE, CitizenTube Editor and YouTube Political Editor

Now that politicians and citizens are free to be seen and heard, both can showcase their propaganda and platform and the voting public can create their own video lambasting or praising political figures. In this free-for-all, the question is whether YouTube videos can sway the vote. There are currently about 2140 subscribers and 954, 360 channel views.

Here is YouTube’s clip on their launch of Citizen Tube.

Former US Presidents Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton captured hearts with their down-to-earth personalities. These days, presidential hopefuls get real online. Where technology and the Web intersect, politicians, technologists and citizens are invigorating an exciting conversation.

The Center for Democracy and Technology has put together a NetDemocracy Guide for anyone involved in electoral politics online. It’s an outgrowth of the fight between political bloggers and the Federal Election Commission, which began in 2005 when the FEC hinted at new regulations to curtail web-based political speech.


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