“Vote Different” video on YouTube goes viral01 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 TechPresident.com 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."