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Friday, November 17, 2006

How The Ignatieff Campaign Is Ruining YouTube

Well just within the last 24 hours the Ignatieff Campaign has officially commercialized YouTube. For those of you who don't know, YouTube is a website that allows people to post and share videos. YouTube's purpose was to allow individuals to express themselves and share video's they find interesting.

At the beginning of this Leadership there was but a handful of YouTube video clips. There was the Apprentice style mockumentary, the Amazing Race version of the Liberal Raace, and a few others. All of these put up by individuals. As the race progressed the Kennedy campaign noticably took lead and posted multiple Gerard Kennedy clips taken from television appearances.

Then seeing these Kennedy clips clouding the Liberal Blogosphere the Dion campaign finally followed suit a month later. But as this competition to post videos began, all were still posted by individuals.

Some clips were really well thought out and funny, like these:
Apprentice
Outtakes
NDP Orange

You can tell a lot of work went into them.

But as of currently, since Newspapers started to take heed of these finer made productions, lesser video makers have become active.

Most notably, the Ignatieff campaign, which is ruining this tradition of individual expression into a corporate advertising machine. Clouding individuals' contributions with boring programming.

One only has to go to YouTube, type in "Liberal Leadership," to see clips purposely made to be put on YouTube by the Ignatieff campaign. They are made up of just Ignatieff sitting there, talking.

The Dion campaign might be possibly doing this as well in a central effort but the lack in any substance in their video's demonstrating Dion's vision makes me think otherwise.

Also, YouTube has become the arena of bad clips. People trying to smash other candidates with the worst propaganda yet to be on television. One such series involves repeating in several clips an interview with Ignatieff's first wife.

I enjoyed watching the clips on YouTube about the Liberal Leadership race when there was just 50 of them. Now at 138, there is just plainly, a lot of crap.

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