YouTube may not be the first place to go for political information, but these typically short video segments are a good way to nuture political interest for class projects or provide structure for class discussions.
All the campaigns regularly post YouTube videos - speech exceprts, ads, interviews, related stories. Fans of individual candidates also post creative, often entertaining,
home made videos.The 8 minute YouTube overview above is for Democratic candidates. Click “Continue reading” to view the Republicans overview,
It’s not easy to measure the impact of YouTube, but it certainly has generated
lots of popular interest among young people. Mike Gravel currently has half a million hits on his “rock” video, which features no sound, no words, just Gravel staring you in the eye, throwing a rock in a pond and slowing walking down the shoreline out of sight. High school students are more likely than high school teachers to know the YouTube details, but watching both these primary clips overviews will widen your perspecitve on YouTube’s growing role in our democratic process. Taken together, they reflect the diversity and potential of this collaborative medium. The revolution may not be televised, but we might be seeing some of it on YouTube!
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