Candidates have been using YouTube to announce that they are going to run, and have been put on YouTube many a times by others to point out embarassing moments. This short CNN video explains how YouTube is inviting the candidates to post their own video messages for free on their site. The video mentions author Thomas Hollihan’s 2001 book: Uncivil Wars: Political Campaigns in a Media Age. A lot has changed since then (Second Life wasn’t even out!) What do people think about the candidates using YouTube? What affect might it have? Do you notice teens using media in different ways when running for positions in school? What affect might it have not to be able to access the sites in schools or libraries if wanting to use the technology to help a campaign?

Posted by Kelly Czarnecki