The Age Of Wireside Chats & Open-Source Media
(But first, an office pool: who'll be the first Rump-Pug to officially push "impeachment" of Obama this year? I haven't decided yet.)
The YouTubation of politics and the growing library of online video will find politicians from both sides seeing more of their hypocrisies shouted from the rooftops. The accessibility of public records is vastly different in 2009 compared to 2001. Awhile back, I searched for congressional debate opposing the repeal of the 1933 Glass-Steagall Act, and amazingly, one was there on YouTube. Senator Byron Dorgan, C-Span, 1998, 435 views. Somebody went to the trouble of saving and uploading.
As the blogsphere mines previous on-the-record position-statements and viralizes discrepancies in the glare of mercury vapor pixels, we can expect some interesting and inventive political gymnastics during the Obama presidency. The Administration plans to release weekly YouTube addresses, or wireside chats. On the stage, choreography is altering radically, and newspapers, mainstream media, and even the gut-journalism of Fox News look like ornate Busby Berkeley hoofers at a hip-hop contest.
This is a two-edged sword, but the unintended consequences will rain down on media and pummel them with hail the size of canned hams. We won't have to wait for Meet the Press on Sunday morning to present the nuances, because bloggers will have a nearly complete, nearly real-time video record, and open source information will have the upper hand. Spin vs. Anti-Spin. The evolving tech backdrop is, I think, the reason why the news business profit model is wilting, and why as a friend says, "People who believe what they read in the papers are idiots."
In the past, only big media could scan the video archives for discrepancies, or masses of expensive, service-subscribed print had to be sifted through, and now we have politicians on video and text, tagged and bagged for free. The blogsphere will repeatedly beat media to the punch and the truth, and will continue to draw eyeballs away.
When Obama takes a policy stand and Larry Craig (R-OwnPrivate Idaho) says it's an outrageous abuse of power, I'll be able to (on occasion) Google up old video where he's stridently supporting the privilege of George Bush to do the exact same thing. When Senator Reid says Republicans are obstructing urgently needed legislation, a Freeper is sure to find video of Reid praising obstruction. Where will it end? I don't know. It won't.