In previous blogs I posted about various web 2.0 sites that presidential candidates – and others – are using in order to connect with voters. Tonight’s presidential debate on CNN takes the concept of web 2.0 elections a bit farther as questions for the candidates will come from YouTube videos produced specifically for the purpose. (You can read about it in today’s New York Times.)
This is pretty exciting for a few reasons, not the least of which is the ability for teens to get involved in the presidential elections in ways that connect to their every day lives. Imagine a group of teens getting together and making a video that asks the candidates about topics that relate to things they are interested in. Imagine a teen who wants to find out where a candidate stands on education, immigration, digital rights management (DRM), etc. This would be a perfect opportunity for that teen to ask questions, get answers, and feel empowered.
While teens under 18 can’t vote, they still can work for candidate campaigns and can talk to their parents, and other adults, about why a candidate would make a good president. This YouTube/CNN project opens the elections to younger generations in ways not possible before.