Valleywag On The YouTube Election

Consider for a moment that the last time this nation elected a president that YouTube didn’t exist. Then consider for a moment how important Google’s YouTube and sites like it played in the political discourse of 2008. When the historians look back on the election just completed, they won’t be able to ignore the role that YouTube played in getting out the messages of the various candidates. TV ads wound up on YouTube before they hit the airwaves, as did unedited political speeches. Personally I think its possible that 2008 will be remembered as the YouTube election in the same way that the 1960 election is now remembered for being the first Television election. Had John F. Kennedy not looked so good on television in the debates, he might not have won, what was an incredibly close election.

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