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YouTube Weekly News and Politics – 8.29.08

August 29, 2008

One of the online video trends that I’ve been keeping an eye on is the implications for politics and news. Every week, I pull the most popular weekly videos in this category. And more often than not, there is a speck of insight hiding in there somewhere.

YouTube Top Ten in News & Politics

  1. Joe Biden on Barack Obama
  2. Angel Valodia Matos Kicks Olympic Referee in the Face
  3. Anti-War Protesters Menace Intrepid Fox News Reporter!
  4. Michelle Obama at the 2008 DNC
  5. Debra – former Hillary supporter turned McCain fan
  6. Tskinval wounds
  7. Hillary Clinton: “No Way, No How, No McCain”
  8. The One II: Road To Denver
  9. “Seven” – TV Ad
  10. Passed Over

So what does this tell us? First, it tells us that a number of YouTube viewers are following the DNC and commenting on campaign ads.

Then take a look at #2 – an Olympic referee got kicked in the face?? I didn’t hear anything about that in the news at all! This is one reason why online video is so great. You can find stories that the mainstream media doesn’t think is worth telling.

Speaking of things the mainstream media won’t share, check out #6 on the list. I’ll warn you now, it’s a bit graphic and spoken in Russian with English subtitles. Its a Russian-filmed documentary of Georgian aggression in Tskhinval. Media coverage has portrayed Russia as the militant and stubborn antagonizers. This video tells a very different story – one that I definitely haven’t seen on CNN or Fox. Is it true? There’s no real way to tell, and my intention is not to spark a political debate here. But YouTube is acting as a valuable vehicle for opposing points of view.