August 21, 2006, 9:59 am
Politics Plays on YouTube
By Henry Woodbury
Digital video and a place to publish it means political gaffes don’t fade away. Instead, they show up on YouTube for endless replay. In addition to capturing the unscripted errors of politicians, partisans can piece together candidate quips with other images and post their own mini-biopics — supportive or not.
The debate among political analysts is whether Internet video will make public figures even more preprogrammed, or whether it will encourage them to loosen up, show their personalities, and communicate more directly.