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“Vote Different” video on YouTube goes viral

01 April, 2007
By Allison Orr

The web, particularly online video, is expected to play a significant role in the 2008 US Presidential elections.  This was highlighted recently when an amateur video appeared on YouTube portraying Hillary Clinton as Big Brother, and was downloaded more than 4 million times.  The resulting media frenzy brought online video to the fore of the presidential campaigns.  The video was made by Philip de Vellis, a former Barack supporter, on his home computer, and is indicative of the way citizens can use the tools of the web to make a political statement that can have real-life repercussions.

Said Andrew Rasiej, founder of and publisher of the Personal Democracy Forum: "It definitely is pointing to a shift in the way in which voters are able to effect the discourse of a presidential campaign.

"This is a watershed moment in history of politics, where the roles, the traditional roles of the passive voter have been shifted to more activist."

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